WAXAHACHIE Multiple fire departments battled a stubborn blaze Saturday evening at Oak Cliff Recycling Inc. on Brown Industrial Road in Waxahachie.
Water supply was reported to be a problem, and that's one reason why Waxahachie asked for mutual aid. Four tankers of water were dispatched to help keep the fire under control.
"I live a little bit over that way, and we smelled something and didn't think much of it," said Louie Cravens, who lives nearby. "Smoke came up and we realized it was a little bigger than we originally thought."
No injuries were reported at the plant at 500 Brown Industrial Road, five miles north of downtown Waxahachie.
According to its website, Oak Cliff Recycling collects and processes steel, iron, aluminum, brass, motors, and other metals from industrial clients and the general public.
Some of that material is what is said to be burning; the building itself was not involved.
There were no homes adjacent to the recycling plant, and no evacuations were ordered.
There were reports that smoke from the fire was drifting north into the southern Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs.
"I can smell the smoke in DeSoto," wrote Amy Low on the WFAAFacebook page.
An explosive 2011 fire at the Magnablend chemical plant in Waxahachie resulted in fines and citations for that company and raised questions about Ellis County's emergency preparedness.
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