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Blaze at KCK recycling plant causes $1.5 million damage

Updated: 2012-08-30T06:48:10Z

By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON and MATT CAMPBELL

The Kansas City Star

Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze Wednesday that caused $1.5 million in damages at the Deffenbaugh Recycling Co. plant in Kansas City, Kan.

The fire was reported about 4:15 a.m. at the plant at 2404 S. 88th St., which is near Interstate 435 and Kansas 32.

Arriving crews reported heavy fire inside a large steel building that served as a sorting and processing center, said Deputy Chief Craig Duke, a spokesman for the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department.

A second alarm was sounded so firefighters could attack the blaze on both sides of the building, Duke said.

“There was a lot of material stacked high in the building,” Duke said.

Crews used heavy equipment to try to cut a path so firefighters could get to fire, he said.

There were no reports of injuries. The cause is under investigation.


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| Robert A. Cronkleton and Matt Campbell, The Star

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