Crews battle fire at Parkersburg recycling business
Smoke from blaze could be seen for miles
PARKERSBURG — A battery that exploded when a car was crushed caused a fire visible for several miles around RJ Recycling LLC on Saturday afternoon, officials said.
The fire was reported by passersby and others to 911 and the Parkersburg Fire Department was alerted around 12:15 p.m., said Capt. Craig Wix the PFD. Because of the nature of the fire, the department responded with most of its equipment, he said.
“Flames were showing 20 to 30 feet in the air,” Wix said.
RJ Recycling is located in the 1800 block of Garfield Avenue across the street from the VFW post. The recycling operation also purchases metals.
Police closed portions of Garfield Avenue, 19th Street and other streets in the area for a period of time on Saturday afternoon.
Wix said the fire apparently started when a car battery exploded during the scrapping process. The fire spread faster than the employees could put it out, he said.
Flames were visible at points around the county, Wix said. Black smoke rose several hundred feet into the air.
Firefighters sprayed a continual stream of water from Tower 1 into the smoldering cars. A crane operator from RJ Recycling moved the cars to find hot spots, Wix said.