Warehouse fire

Fire crews are still working to extinguish smouldering material after a fire at a southeast Calgary recycling plant around noon Saturday. (Google Maps)

Calgary firefighters are working to clear smouldering material from a southeast warehouse after a fire broke out around noon Saturday.

Crews were called to 10351 46 Street S.E. around noon for reports of a building fire. Upon arrival, they found a large pile of unsorted recyclable material burning inside a warehouse-style building used for collecting and sorting recyclables.

Firefighters wearing self-contained breathing apparatus entered the smoke-filled building and contained the fire.

All staff had already left the building.

Once the fire was under control, front-end loaders were brought in and are being used to move the pile of material to the outside of the structure, where it is being spread out and completely extinguished.

This process could take several hours depending on how much of the pile is still smouldering.

Water being used to extinguish the fire is being prevented from entering the sewer system as a precaution.

Air quality is also being monitored at the scene and does not pose a problem at this time.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.