June 25, 2018
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Portland recycling center fire that burned 2,000 square feet of debris still under investigation

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Portland firefighters responded to this blaze at the city's Riverside Recycling facility Friday evening. Crews continued to battle the persistent fire until approximately 1:30 a.m. Saturday, then returned again more than four hours later to respond to rekindled hot spots.
By Seth Koenig, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A pesky recycling facility blaze that kept Portland firefighters busy for nearly 14 hours remains under investigation Monday.

The fire was reported at the Riverside Recycling Facility at 910 Riverside St. at around 6:10 p.m. Friday. The blaze, fueled in part by what a Monday fire department announcement called a “concentration of flammable material,” proved to be a challenge for firefighters.

Crews stayed on the site until approximately 1:30 a.m. Saturday, and then were forced to return at 6 a.m. for an additional two hours to react to “a few hot spots that had reignited,” the department announcement stated, in part.

“Due to the large area burning, approximately 2,000 square feet, engine companies attacked the fire from above using aerial equipment and heavy equipment to spread the pile and reduce the depth of the fire,” the department announcement stated. “There were no reported injuries.”

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