Crews put out flareup at North Knoxville recycling plant


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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knoxville Fire Department was called back out to Fort Loudon Waste and Recycling on Monday night when a flareup started while workers who were supposed to be keeping a watch on the facility had left the premises.

Crews were called back out the recycling plant in North Knoxville around 7 p.m. Fire officials say the center agreed to a 24/7 fire watch and the smoke began during the time the two people had left.

They said they were shocked to find firefighters when they returned.

The fire at Fort Loudon Waste and Recycling started around 1 p.m. last Wednesday, according to Knoxville Fire Department spokesman Capt. DJ Corcoran.

Corcoran says a forklift with a propane tank backfired, igniting several pallets of loose paper.

It took firefighters more than two days to fully put out the flames. The burning plastic and heavy smoke led to the evacuation of around 100 nearby homes. The fire ultimately consumed two acres of the plant.

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