Large fire at waste & recycling center

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD)– Officials with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety are investigating after a waste and recycling center caught fire early Saturday morning.

The fire sparked just after 4 a.m. Saturday at Republic Services in the 3400 block of Gembrit Circle.

Authorities on scene told 24 Hour News 8 that three different fire departments responded to the blaze.Officials say a wall and the roof of the facility collapsed because the extreme heat weakened the steel framed building.

Currently, heavy construction equipment is being brought to the scene to clear debris so the remaining fire can be put out.

The building is a total loss and several pieces of equipment were severely damaged by the fire. No one was inside at the time of the fire, according to release.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 269.337.8994, Silent Observer at 269.343.2100 or online.

The roads that were closed due to the fire are now open.

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