Fire at Recycling Center on Warehouse Road
A fire has broken out at the SAFE Recycling Center at 702 Warehouse Road. Police received the call at 5:13 p.m. and the San Angelo Fire Department respondend quickly, having th blaze mostly under control by 5:20 p.m.
Reporter Lauren Lopez is on scene and the story will be updated as information becomes available.
Update 5:36 p.m.
According to the Director of SAFE Recycling, a pile of old televisions are under the blaze.
Update 5:38 p.m.
The fire appears to have been extinguished.
Update 5:44 p.m.
It doesn't appear that anything aside from the burning televisions has been damaged by the blaze.
Update 5:57 p.m.
Lloyd Paschal, Director of SAFE Recycling, said she saw the smoke and then heard an explosion. Immediately thereafter, she dialed 911. All the gates were locked and Paschal was the only one on the property when the fire broke out. The center had just closed down for the day when she saw the smoke.
Paschal said approximately 25 televisions were caught in the blaze. The TVs were leftover from a recycling drive from November, which are picked up twice a year and transported to Fort Worth.
Fire Investigator Thomas Truett said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Update 6:27 p.m.
The TVs from SAFE Recycling Center are usually picked up twice a year and then transported to ECS recycling firm in Dallas/Fort Worth. The current TVs at the center are leftovers from the November 16th Texas Recycles Day. Two loads had already been transported, but the remaining appliances were planned to be stored at the Christians in Action warehouse. Paschal said she was most concerned about the fire spreading to the nearby San Angelo Early Childhood Center on Julian Street, but the San Angelo Fire Department responded quickly and had the fire under control within minutes.
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