Recycling facility blaze causes Saturday alarm

Oct. 12, 2013 @ 05:07 PM

Durham firefighters responded to a fire at a recycling facility Saturday morning, and there were no injuries.

Firefighters were dispatched at 7:55 a.m. to 2710 Weck Drive, where a storage area for shredded plastic was on fire, according to Deputy Chief Christopher Iannuzzi of the Durham Fire Department.

According to the company website, that address is home to Global Electric Electronic Processing, which specializes in technology, electronics recycling and remarketing and comprises a 108,000-square-foot facility.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they observed heavy black smoke coming from the main entrance doors, and employees had evacuated the building.

Firefighters encountered very dense smoke conditions inside the building, and crews took about 20 minutes to locate and extinguish the fire, according to the fire department. Crews remained on scene for another three hours removing smoke from the building.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.