Earth Recycling Fire

Fire crews are still on the scene of the major fire that started yesterday morning at Earth Recycling Incorporated west of Minot.

Fire officials are saying flames on the inside of the building just won’t give out because of all the recycled materials in the building.

Minot Rural fire chief Rex Weltikol says there are several spots the firefighters can’t get to with equipment and it’s not safe to send any men through all the debris.  He says the fire will likely just have to burn out over the next couple of days.

Firefighters from six different departments assisted in containing the fire.  No cause for the fire has been determined.

Meanwhile, the City of Minot Fire Department along with the First District Health Unit, have been conducting tests and monitoring the air quality in the area.  So far, they say they have found little or no changes in air quality.  They will continue to monitor the situation.

And this morning, Ward County Sheriff Bob Barnard issued a news release that all roads around the fire are open to normal traffic.  But he cautioned motorists to use extra caution and reduce their speed as firefighting equipment remains on the site and highway construction continues on the bypass just south of the fire scene.

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