Bell County recycling center fire shuts down highway as crews fight flames

BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ/WRIL) – Fire crews in Bell County were in full force fighting a fire at Robbins Recycling.

According to WRIL, Bell County Dispatch received a call around 1:19 p.m. of a large fire at the recycling center on Highway 119 in the Page/Calvin area.

Bell County Volunteer Fire Department, Middlesboro Fire Department, Pineville Fire Department and Wallins Fire Department all responded to the scene.

Building at the site suffered some heat damage and several mounds of metal were on fire. At one point, water was not having much effect on the flames. Firefighters had to add a foam retardant to the water supply to control the fire.

Explosions could be heard in the area as gas tanks and compressed gas tanks blew up.

As of now, Highway 987, also known as Laurel Hill, is shut down as crews work the scene.

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