Johnson City Press: VIDEO: Smoke from fire at OmniSource recycling center blankets neighborhoods
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VIDEO: Smoke from fire at OmniSource recycling center blankets neighborhoods

Becky Campbell • Updated Jun 19, 2018 at 5:32 PM

The cause of a fire at Omni Source recycling center in Johnson City Tuesday was undetermined, but it started at the base of stacks of flattened vehicles, a Johnson City Fire Department spokesman said.

Firefighters were dispatched to the industrial property at 110 Perma R Road off West Market Street about 6:45 a.m. A large plume of smoke rose from where the fire was located, then spread out into neighboring residential areas.

District Fire Chief Jerome Palmer said the fire started near the car crusher, where stacks of flattened cars were located. The cause had not been determined, he said.

“They had four or five layers of flattened cars piled up near the machine ... the fire started at the bottom of those,” he said. “Once we got it knocked down they were able to get a machine in there and move the cars around so we could get in there.”

The department responded to the scene with two ladder trucks and four engine companies. Palmer said they attacked the fire from above with the two aerial hoses. The Johnson City Police Department was also on scene and used its drone to get an aerial view of the area to help firefighters know where to focus the water.;

“We had some water volume issues so the water department boosted the water volume for us,” Palmer said.

No one was injured in the fire or the response. In addition to JCPD, a crew from the Washington County/Johnson City EMS responded as well.

All emergency crews were cleared from the scene by 10:45 a.m.

Reported earlier:

Johnson City firefighters responded to a call at OmniSource recycling center on West Market Street after a fire started in the car crushing machine.

The department was dispatched around 6:45 a.m. to the 110 Perma R Road industrial location. Several fire engines were staged at locations across the property as two ladder trucks sprayed the fire with water. A backhoe was in the midst of the area as it appeared the driver was moving items as firefighters did their work.

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