Recycling Plant Fire


April 28, 2008
St. George, SC--

Firefighters say the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is taking air samples near a recycling plant fire that is still burning in the community of St. George.

The fire at the Premier Environmental Plant has been burning since about 11 p.m. Saturday. Monday morning fire crews were still on site
but fire Captain Rickie Jenkins says the fire will probably smolder for
several days.

The Premier Environmental Plant specialized in tightly bundling materials like cardboard, carpet and diapers, which are shipped off and burned as a coal replacement. Jenkins says unlike combustible materials in homes, compacted items such as these are not easy to extinguish.

The 46-thousand square foot plant had been operating as a recycling facility for four years. Company officials say damage assessments are incomplete but they estimate the facility sustained more than two million dollars in damage.

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