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December 30, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Large fire at recycling plant in South Seattle

Firefighers battle a blaze at Republic Recycling in the 2700 block of Third Avenue South. (Paige Cornwell / The Seattle Times)

Firefighters battle a blaze at Republic Services Recycling in the 2700 block of 3rd Avenue South. (Paige Cornwell / Seattle Times)

UPDATE 9:30 a.m.: An overnight fire at a Sodo recycling plant started inside a “very large recycling pile,” said Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore.

“We were called at 10 minutes before 11 p.m. and it took until 7 a.m. [to get the fire out],” Moore said.

Moore said 90 firefighters from South Seattle were called in to help battle the blaze.

“There were some big challenges for us,” Moore said. “The piles of recycling were very high and the water was freezing up because it was below freezing;  we had black ice everywhere. SDOT came out with a sanding truck so we could move our fire trucks.”

Moore said the blaze has been ruled accidental. Moore said the fire started after one of the recycling piles “spontaneously combusted.”

UPDATE, 5:50 a.m. | Firefighters worked overnight digging through piles of material in continued efforts to put out a stubborn two-alarm fire at the Republic Services Recycling Complex in Sodo Tuesday night.

UPDATE, 12:25 a.m. | More than 90 firefighters battled a large fire at a recycling plant in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood Tuesday night.

The fire was reported shortly before 11 p.m. at the Republic Services Recycling Complex, according to the Seattle Fire Department. Responding firefighters saw flames shooting from the roof and reported the fire was spreading to multiple rubbish piles.

Multiple factors complicated the response, spokesman Kyle Moore said. The flames were in all parts of the trash piles, so firefighters had to spray water on the entire area. Center employees used bulldozers and other machinery to move the trash piles outside for firefighters to spray.

With below freezing temperatures outside, the water being sprayed was freezing once it hit the ground, making it slippery. Some firefighters were soaked with water, so they had to take breaks to warm up, Moore said.

Moore said at midnight that firefighters would be at the scene through Wednesday morning.

The cause of the fire and amount of damage is unknown. No one was injured, Moore said.

ORIGINAL POST | Firefighters are battling a large fire at a recycling plant in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood.

The fire was reported at the Republic Services Recycling Complex around 11 p.m.

Traffic is being diverted near Third Avenue and South Lander Street.

This is a breaking news story. We will add to this post as more information becomes available.

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