Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fire at Deffenbaugh facility causes $1.5 million worth of damage

A fire caused over $1.5 million worth of damage at the Deffenbaugh Recycling Facility.

The fire was reported to the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department just after 4 a.m. early Wednesday morning.

No one was injured in the fire, the cause of which remains under investigation.

According to KCK Fire Department Battalion Chief and PIO Craig Duke, firefighters were on the scene for six hours.

More from Duke:
Crews on the scene within 3 minutes reported fire coming from a large commercial recycling plant. Plant processed recycled materials such as paper, cardboard, plastic, etc… Crews set up aerial apparatus to try and contain the fire from spreading to other areas of the building. Building contained a large amount of materials. Command called for a second alarm. Crews had the fire contained within 2 hours and were able to utilize heavy equipment at plant to move smoldering materials out of the building to areas were fire crews were able to extinguish. Fire Investigators responded to scene. Fire is still under investigation at this time. Estimated damage to structure and contents $1.5 million. Fire crews remained on the scene until approximately 1030 hours. No injuries were reported.