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Fire rekindles at Tampa recycling facility

Tampa firefighters continue to work on extinguishing a fire that has rekindled at a recycling plant.

Several dozen Tampa Fire Rescue members fought flames from recycling material that caught fire Sunday afternoon at Rock-Tenn Recycling, 5111 N. 26th Street.

Firefighters say the fire is smoldering under a pile of debris at the facility.

The cause of today’s rekindle is under investigation, and firefighters are applying foam to extinguish smoldering materials in the bottom of the pile.

Firefighters were called Sunday at 2:41 p.m. for a report of a large dumpster fire. When they arrived, they found multiple piles of recycling products as well as cardboard burning close to the facility warehouse.

The fire was in a secure area of the company and was originally fought by Rick-Tenn employees before 9-1-1 was called for help.

The cause for the fire has been classified as spontaneous combustion, according to the Tampa Fire Marshal. The blaze caused about $150,000 in damage.

About 60 firefighters responded to the business, which is adjacent to Middleton High School, to fight the flames and deal with the subsequent cleanup. No injures were reported, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.

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