Recycling plant building destroyed by fire in Jackson

(Source: Todd Tumminia, Heartland News reporter)
(Source: Todd Tumminia, Heartland News reporter)

JACKSON, MO (KFVS) - A business on Highway Y in Jackson caught fire Thursday evening.

Cape Girardeau County East District Fire Chief Dwayne Kirchhoff said the fire started on the east end of the Missouri Plastics building.

He said no one was in the building at the time and the cause of the fire is unknown.

Chief Kirchhoff said they are currently investigating and the fire marshal was at the facility.

Crews are working to put out the fire and expect to fight the fire for awhile.

According to Kirchhoff, crews are not a stranger to fighting a fire at this building. The last time they fought a fire there, it smoldered for about a week. Knowing that, they immediately called out 10 tankers to help this time.

Chief Kirchhoff said the building is a total loss and the biggest problem he expects to run into is the 25,000 plastic pellets located inside.

Assistant Fruitland Fire Chief Ralph Birk says crews remained on the scene Friday as the fire continued to smoke.

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