Crews fight fire on recycling lot

Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) Power was shut off in much of South Fairbanks on Thursday as firefighters battled a fire that burned through an abandoned lot full of paper and plastic recyclables.

Officials were concerned the fire would spread out of control and with the Interior's dry conditions spread to wild lands.

The abandoned lot is between the Fairbanks North Star Borough landfill and a pipe recycling business.

Charred pieces of paper floated up from the burning mounds into the air and officials worried that the firebrands would start fires elsewhere.

The fire burned through piles of recycled telephone books, plastic soda bottles, cardboard boxes, plastic jugs and a few tires, said Tim Biggane, emergency services director for the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

The fire destroyed a building containing about 30 tons of paper that was to be recycled into paper pellets, officials said.

The Fairbanks Fire Department called in surrounding departments to help fight the fire.

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