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Fire crews fight blaze at recycling facility in southeast Calgary

Thirteen firefighters using fire trucks and two water tankers battled an outside fire at a recycling plant in southeast Calgary on Tuesday evening.

13 firefighters and 4 trucks were at the scene

A fire broke out at ECCO Recycling & Energy Corp. near the intersection of Quarry Park Boulevard and 24th Street S.E. at around 8:40 p.m. on Tuesday. (CBC)

Firefighters were battling an outside fire at a recycling plant in southeast Calgary on Tuesday evening.

Batt. Chief Bruce Barrs said the call came in about a fire at ECCO Recycling & Energy Corp. near the intersection of Quarry Park Boulevard and 24th Street S.E. at around 8:40 p.m.

He said 13 firefighters, two fire trucks and two water tankers were fighting the blaze as of 10:40 p.m.— the water tankers were needed because there are no hydrants near the fire.

More than a dozen firefighters, two fire trucks and two water tankers were needed to battle the blaze at the southeast Calgary plant. (CBC)

"The fire is contained," Barrs said.

"It's under control at this time, but as a lot of times with landfills or with fires like this they tend to be deep seated and it takes a while to actually get to the seat of the fire."

Two pieces of heavy equipment from the plant assisted, by picking apart the piles of recyclable material as crews worked to extinguish hot spots using a thermal imaging camera.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no injuries. 

A water truck fills up in front of ECCO Recycling in southeast Calgary. Fire crews were battling a fire in the recycling material outside the plant on Tuesday evening. (Justin Pennell/CBC)

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