Blaze destroys metal recycling plant outside Beaufort Co.

YEMASSEE (WTOC) - The first fire crews at the scene got the call about a fire at about 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Officials say that 10 years ago, the building housed a truck stop. Five years ago, it was turned into a metal recycling plant and had a small convenience store inside.

"I'd just would like to thank all the firefighters who came out here especially from others departments - definitely Hampton County and Sheldon - they're volunteering their time. Hampton County's all volunteer. They all came out here, no questions asked," said Yemassee Fire Chief Justin Lane.

Part of the roof collapsed while crews battled the blaze, making it difficult to put the fire out.

A fire had broken out at the same place just hours earlier. It started at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Officials said it was an electrical fire that was the result of a water heater.

Crews were able to put that fire out. The fire chief said he doesn't think the two fires are related, but that's why the Beaufort County fire investigation team has been called out to investigate the two fires.

Red Cross volunteers and staff from the American Red Cross, Palmetto Service Center in Bluffton are providing water, food and coffee to the firefighters from their Emergency Response Vehicle.

The Red Cross said they will stay at the scene as long as they are needed.

The Red Cross has helped 169 people who are affected by disasters, such as home fires, in its seven-county region of Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton and Jasper counties since Jan. 1. For more details, go to

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