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Recycling Plant Blaze a Challenge for Brownsville Firefighters

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Posted: Feb 25, 2013 6:49 PM

Updated: Feb 25, 2013 8:01 PM

BROWNSVILLE - Firefighters used more than 4,000 gallons of water to douse a blaze at a recycling center Sunday in Brownsville.

Fire officials said they had to use more than double the amount of water they use to put out a blaze. Fire crews had to return to Wilkinson Recycling Center three times to put out hot spots.

"We have to soak it as much as we can, so it took us awhile to get it completely under control. We were forced to do it that way to keep those particular metals and to extinguish it," Brownsville Fire Department Chief Lenny Perez said.

Sunday's blaze is the second at the plant in just a few months, officials said.

Perez said his department may use a little-known city ordinance to penalize the company.

"We do send bills to the commercial businesses that have fires. I'm sure they are going to get a bill for this last fire," Perez said.

Fires like the one at Wilkinson concern officials because of the amount of water needed to extinguish them.

Still, Brownsville Public Utilities officials said public safety is a priority and water will always be made available to fight fires.

Topics: lenny perez, brownsville, fire, wilkinson recycling

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