Wichita firefighters were called to the scene of a fire at a local recycling business. The fire is at Glickman Metal Recycling in the 2800 block of N. Emporia. It was called in around 6 p.m. Thursday night.
Deputy Fire Chief Brad Crisp said the fire started in a large pile of material that had been shredded for recycling.
“They have a large fire burning in a pile of material they intend to shred,” said Chrisp. It was a “mixture of metals and upholsteries and plastic car parts” and other materials.
Crisp said officials don’t know how the fire started, but that the pile that was burning was about 50 feet high and 50 feet square.
The first firefighters on the scene reported seeing thick black smoke coming from an area of the business. Multiple units were dispatched to fight the fire.
Crisp said firefighters were dealing with “water supply challenges” in fighting the blaze.
He said it would take several hours to extinguish the fire.