Firefighters: Fire out at N. Charleston recycling plant

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston officials say they have put out a fire at a North Charleston recycling plant they had been battling since Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters have been on the scene at the Sonoco Recycling Plant on 2025 Tellico Road since responding to a fire there at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Fire officials say the fire consumed recyclable paper products.

Late Tuesday afternoon, firefighters said the fire was under control, but said they would be focusing their efforts on making sure the fire is completely out. Crews remain on the scene working to help clear debris.

A report states that the sprinkler system in the building activated and contained the fire to the originating section of the building. Firefighters said the fire spread to outlying bales of recycled materials, and crews were working to separate burned supplies outside the building.

In a statement, Sonoco officials said the fire would not interrupt the company's ongoing recycling services in the area.

"We have Sonoco Recycling leadership on site and are hopeful that we will resume operations at this particular facility by the end of business on Wednesday," Sonoco spokesperson Brian Risinger said in a statement.

A spokeswoman for the North Charleston Fire Department says two firefighters were taken to a hospital as a precaution for heat related injuries.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control was on scene to monitor the water and air quality. They did not find any toxins or hazards in the smoke.

Crews responded after emergency dispatch operators received a call about the fire around 3:30 p.m.

Viewers on the Ravenel Bridge and I-526 tweeted out pictures of smoke seen coming from the fire.

The Red Cross assisted fire crews by providing snacks and drinks.

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