Firefighters Battle Redwood City (CA) Recycling Plant

A two-alarm fire at a metal recycling plant Tuesday morning has been controlled, although the smell of smoke and burning plastic was reported as far south as Mountain View, reports

The fire at Sims Metal Management — the second fire in as many months to burn at the facility at 699 Seaport Blvd. — started following the sound of a small explosion reported by plant workers at about 12:50 a.m., Redwood City Fire Marshal Jim Palisi said.

The fire started in a stockpile of “light iron” recyclables, such as discarded appliances, Palisi said.

Embers ignited a second smaller spot fire that was quickly extinguished, he said.

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