A hazmat unit was called in Friday evening to make sure there were no hazardous materials threats after a fire broke out at a recycling business in Lilburn, but officials gave the all clear.
Gwinnett County firefighters were called to Wide Nation Recycling at 105 Arcado Road at 5:19 p.m. to respond to a scrap metals fire. Capt. Tommy Rutledge said a pile of scrap vehicles were found on fire at the center of the business’ outdoor area.
He said the fire was contained to the pile and firefighters applied water and foam to complete extinguishment. Rutledge added that once the blaze was under control, an on site loader/tractor was used to separate the debris to gain access to hot spots.
While the hazmat unit was called in to check for hazardous runoff from the burning cars, Rutledge said no runoffs could be found. He added there was no immediate danger of exposure hazards, but the railroad track near Arcado Road was closed.
Fire department officials have not determined what caused the fire.