Flames, smoke rise from Waterloo recycling facility

Fire was reported at MetalX in Waterloo on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.

WATERLOO, Ind. (WANE) A large fire burned at a Waterloo recycling facility midday Monday.

Around 12:30 p.m., a fire was reported at MetalX, which sits at 295 Commerce Dr. and backs up to Interstate 69. Viewers told NewsChannel 15 that flames were visible from several miles away.

A dark, thick plume of smoke could be seen rising high from the recycling plant.

Fire crews from Waterloo, Corunna, Auburn, Kendallville, Butler, Angola, Ashley and Garrett all responded to the blaze. Crews were still putting the fire out as of 11 p.m.

At about 2:15 p.m. MetalX issued a news release indicating the fire started at around noon in a pile of scrap metal near a shredder and that the fire appears to be under control.  What caused the fire is not yet known and there have been no injuries reported according to MetalX.  The company indicated that “employees are being monitored for smoke inhalation near the scene.”  MetalX does not accept hazardous materials.  It expects full operations at the facility to resume Tuesday.

A Waterloo Town Marshal ordered a NewsChannel 15 photographer to leave the area.