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Firefighters battle blaze at Lockwood Pacific Recycling

Posted at 12:53 PM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 19:48:06-05

Update 5:35 p.m. Firefighters have extinguished all the flames.

Update 2:55 p.m. - A fire at Pacific Steel & Recycling likely caused more than a million dollars in damage and destroyed one building at the Lockwood plant Monday afternoon, Lockwood Fire Chief John Staley said.

Firefighters received the call about noon of the industrial fire and battled for more than two hours before containing it, Staley said. As of 2:50 p.m., flames were still burning.

One employee was injured, but he declined transport, Staley said.

The fire was likely caused by heated metal materials that were being transported on a conveyor belt from one building to another, Staley said.

Six tender engines responded to the fire- the most Staley said he has seen at one fire in his four-decade career. Laurel, Shepherd, Lockwood, Billings and Billings airport firefighters all responded.

Water access was a challenge for firefighters, and they had to shuttle water in to get enough to control the blaze, Staley said.

Update 2:15 p.m. The fire has been knocked down. Firefighters remain on the scene for clean up and contain the fire.

No word yet on the cause or damages.

Firefighters responded to a fire at the Pacific Recycling building in Lockwood around noon Monday.

Lockwood fire is in command of the scene but has called in mutual aid from Billings and Shepherd.

Q2 News has a reporter on the scene. We will update with information as this is a breaking news situation.

Pacific Recycling is located at 3385 Coulson Road.