Flames from Walker recycling center shoot 80 ft. into air

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Large flames seen from the Padnos Iron and Metal facility in Walker. (July 1, 2016)


WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — A massive fire at a recycling center in Walker is now under control several hours after it started, according to a fire official.

The fire started around midnight Friday at the PADNOS Iron and Metal facility on Turner Avenue near Ann Street, just west of US-131.

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Firefighters continue to put out hot spots following a fire at PADNOS Iron and Metal facility in Walker. (July 1, 2016)

Walker Fire Department Battalion Chief Don Munn says burning scrap metal started the fire and at one point flames were about 80 feet high.

Munn told 24 Hour News 8 the fire has been flaring up since the initial blaze but he said it was under control as of 6 a.m.

“When we’re putting the water on we had heavy black smoke simply because of all the different things that are in the materials that are now burning so we had to make sure the firefighters were safe as well,” said Munn.

Firefighters also had to deal with poor weather conditions.

“The biggest thing that I think we had an issue with was the wind. The wind changed three different times on us and every time that we would move something then the wind would push the fire into that open area,” said Munn.

He says lightning also hindered their efforts to knock down the fire, but he credited the help of a dispatcher who provided crews with weather updates.

Munn says air quality is not a concern. No one was injured in the fire.

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