I-27 recycling plant continues to smolder, crews keep close eye - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


I-27 recycling plant continues to smolder, crews keep close eye

By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -  It's been nearly a month since seven fire departments across the south plains responded to a massive fire at the recycling plant near the Lubbock airport on August 10th. Crews continue to monitor the nearly 160 acre recycling plant.

The fire continues to burn, but for different reasons. Smoke could be seen from the interstate because the fire did start back up Friday. This time, firefighters and city staffers are working to spread the roofing shingles out to a more manageable level. Firefighters say they are in big piles which can be dangerous. As a result moving the shingles around, the small blaze broke out again.

New Deal Fire Captain Brad Murph says the state has recommended that they build a container wall, which is nothing more than about a two foot dirt wall around the 33 acres where the fire broke out. Crews continue to monitor the remaining 127 acres of the property and the material that has not burned.

For the last 25 days, at least two members of the seven initial responding fire departments have taken turns watching the property 24 hours a day.

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Lubbock County recycling plant could be shut down

This week, a Texas District Judge is scheduled to decide if the Lubbock County recycling plant, that was still smoldering Tuesday night, will stay in businesses. Larry Webb, 56owns I-27 Recycling and Public Scales, which erupted in flames Monday evening.

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