UPDATE: Crews still working to put out Stuff Recycling fire
CLARK COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- Firefighters remain on the scene of this weekend’s massive fire at a recycling facility in Winchester that shut down the road and several businesses in the area for close to a day.
Crews were still out at Stuff Recycling on Monday, working to put out the fire that sparked Saturday afternoon.
Firefighters say crews are continuing to work to put out all hot spots inside what began as a more than three story-high pile of recycled metal that caught fire Saturday.
Fire officials say they believe the fire was started on accident while workers were crushing and cutting a car that had been brought into the facility.
The fire created a huge plum of smoke that could be seen for miles and forced officials to shutdown the busy Route 60 between Winchester and Lexington.
“The strangest by far. You know it was metal and it was a lot of metal and stuff and you never really thought that, you know when you pulled up you’re like it’s a scrap pile, it’s metal it’s not going to burn like this but it got really big really quick and there wasn’t nothing you could do,” said William Pucket with the Clark County Fire Department.
Firefighters say they plan to be out on the scene until Wednesday.
The owner of Stuff Recycling say they will open on Thursday.
Sherri Christopher says she was just closing up her cafe off Lexington road Saturday when she noticed the fire down the road.
“When we walked out taking the trash out we noticed all the smoke and it was really a roaring,” said Christopher, owner of Sherri’s Cafe.
Roaring so much, some even compared it to 2016’s Blue Grass Stockyards fire.
“It looked similar to that but I mean the stockyard was a lot farther away than what we were here so,” said Ben Webb who lives near the fire.
Christopher says luckily for her, her cafe isn’t open on Sunday’s so her business wasn’t affected by the road closure and continuing smoke but says she was a little worried she wouldn’t be able to open on Monday.
“But thankfully they got it out and was able to open the roads,” said Christopher.
Christopher says all she got was a few calls from people asking if she was indeed open but other than that things are back to normal.
“We were able to open at regular time at six o clock this morning so it’s been going good and the farmers were really happy,” said Christopher.