Firefighters Battle Three-Alarm PA Recycling Center Fire

Lebanon City PA fire truck
Credit: Lebanon City (PA) Fire Department

Daniel Urie


Almost 24 hours after it started, Lebanon firefighters have left the latest call on the site of a three-alarm fire in Lebanon County shortly before 9 p.m. Monday.

The latest call was for a reburn that came in at 7:35 p.m. Firefighters left the scene at 8:47 p.m., according to Lebanon County dispatch.

The fire began around 10:30 p.m. Sunday at Consolidated Scrap Resources in the 300 block of North 14th Street in Lebanon. An explosion also occurred around midnight at the scene.

Lebanon City Fire Commissioner Duane Trautman said that the fire department would have to come back to monitor some hot spots in the coming days.

Two homes across the street from Consolidated Scrap sustained heat damage.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to Trautman, although he acknowledged that there were rumors it had been started by fireworks. He said the explosion was possibly caused by magnesium at the facility.

Trautman said that the large number of Hershey candy wrappers stored at the recycling center is what fed the fire and kept firefighters battling the blaze through the night.

“This burned with a tremendous amount of heat,” he said.


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