Fire breaks out at recycling plant near Commerce City

Posted at 4:05 PM, Jul 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-11 08:35:03-04

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – A fire broke out at the EVRAZ Recycling lot in unincorporated Adams County near Commerce City Tuesday afternoon, sending thick black smoke hundreds of feet in the air and flames dozens of feet high.

The fire was reported around 3:15 p.m. at the plant, which is located at 5601 York St. near the Riverside Cemetery.

Fire crews were en route to the scene as of 3:45 p.m. and were at the scene before 4 p.m. An Adams County Fire spokesperson said several units were working on the fire. The Denver Fire Department said it was working with Adams County Fire.

EVRAZ Recycling said all of its employees were safe and accounted for and that the fire was contained to the only scrap pile at its facility. It said the cause of the fire has not been determined.

"Our current focus is on maintaining the safety of everyone in the immediate vicinity of the fire and on fully extinguishing the fire as soon as possible," the company said in a statement.

Watch video from above the fire via AirTracker7 from the 5 p.m. hour by clicking here or in the player embedded below.

For video from the scene from around 4 p.m., click here or watch in the player embedded below.

Tri-County Health said it was monitoring air quality due to the burning material but said there was no current hazard. The Environmental Protection Agency also was on site monitoring air quality.

Crews were still on the scene and putting water on the fire as of Wednesday morning.