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Blaze starts at recycling center

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Firefighters were able to make quick work of a Monday evening fire at a Lawrenceville recycling center, bringing the blaze atop a 12-ton pile of scrap metal under control in about 15 minutes, officials said.

Gwinnett County fire crews responded to Blaze Recycling and Metals on Seaboard Industrial Drive just before 6 p.m., finding flames and smoke coming from the pile, spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said. Firefighters flowed water from an aerial ladder pipe to completely extinguish the fire, Rutledge said.

Employees reportedly called 911 after the blaze erupted in the pile of metals waiting to be shredded, and attempted to knock down the fire themselves using portable fire extinguishers and a water hose.

No exposure hazards or injuries were reported.

Rutledge said the exact cause of the fire was undetermined Monday, but "does not appear to be suspicious."