Firefighters return to scene of waterfront recycling plant blaze to put out small fires

Firefighters were called back to extinguish two fires on Wednesday morning - nearly two weeks after a six-alarm fire broke out at a waterfront Toronto recycling plant causing extensive damage.

2 fires broke out in debris that remained after the recycling plant fire on May 25

A six-alarm fire broke out at recycling plant on Cherry Street in Toronto on May 25. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

Firefighters were called back to the scene of a recent waterfront Toronto recycling plant fire on Wednesday to put out two small fires, nearly two weeks after the massive blaze there caused an estimated $20 million in damage.

A caller reported seeing smoke from the GFL Solid Waste Transfer Station just before 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

Fire crews arrived to find two smouldering fires in a pile of debris and extinguished them by 7:30 a.m.

Captain David Eckerman, spokesperson for Toronto Fire Services, said crews have been called back to the recycling plant at least two times since the initial fire broke out on May 25.

He said it's common for small fires to ignite in piles of debris

"The heat gets contained with all the deep-seeded burning and it's hidden, and even though we've soaked it down and have been as meticulous as we can possibly be... it gets put into a pile, and the pile is shuffled again, and that allows oxygen into a heated area and the heat is such where an ignition point is reached and begins to smoulder," he said.

Eckerman said the cause of the initial fire is still under investigation.

The original fire caused extensive structural damage to the plant and caused the roof to collapse. More than 500 firefighters worked on the fire and the smouldering structure over three days.

The building is a solid waste transfer station run by Green For Life Environmental Inc.