EMMETT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - A Calhoun County recycling facility sustained major damage after a fire sparked the afternoon of May 3.
Firefighters were dispatched around 3:30 p.m. to Cereal City Recycling at 15160 6 1/2 Mile Road in Emmett Township. When they arrived, flames and black smoke were everywhere.
"I could feel the heat standing outside the building over there across the street. I've never seen anything like that," said Jeff Fracassi, who works next door at Wyatt Trucking and videotaped the fire on his cellphone.
"We saw the pile of paper behind the building burning and once the building caught it just the roof caught on fire," Fracassi said.
Angela Wyatt also works at Wyatt Trucking and captured the flames on her phone.
"It was blazing pretty good about 30 feet off the roof. We immediately knew that we had to get help on the way in," Angela Wyatt said.
The Emmett Township fire chief said crews had difficulty dousing the flames because the facility had so many containers full of compressed paper and plastic. Twelve different fire departments were called to the scene.
The wind was spreading the flames and starting small grass fires near homes in the area. After hours of extinguishing flames, the building appears to be destroyed.
Two firefighters suffered from heat exhaustion; one was taken to a hospital and expected to be OK; the other was treated at the scene.
So much water was used that a Boil Water Advisory was issued for these nearby streets --
- Golden Avenue from Goldenview Dr /Auburn Street to Beadle Lake Road
- Main Street from Golden Avenue to the Kalamazoo River
- Beadle Lake Road from D Drive N to the Kalamazoo River
The advisory was canceled May 8.
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