MFD on scene of fire at recycling facility just north of Memphis airport

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – Memphis firefighters are battling hot spots from a fire at a recycling facility on Farrisview Blvd. near I-240 and Lamar.

The fire happened around 12:30 p.m. at the city of Memphis solid waste complex. Several units were called to the scene. We are told the building and property is owned by the city, but the recycling center is managed by Republic Services.

Fire officials say all 29 employees who work at the recycling plant made it out safely without any injuries. However, one firefighter did suffer from heat exhaustion while battling the blaze. He was treated here on scene.  

Although an official cause of the fire has not been determined, fire officials believe it started outside.  

“We’re still actively fighting this fire, but we believe it started on the exterior in one of the large piles of cardboard,” said MFD Lieutenant Wayne Cooke.

We are told the fire did cause a delay in recycling and trash pickup Friday for the city of Memphis. The director of solid waste said he had to suspend operations out of this facility, so delivery services were cut short. They do expect everything to be back to normal by Monday.

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