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Classes canceled at two schools after large recycling plant catches fire in Waxahachie

Flames could be seen from Interstate 35 near FM 387.
Credit: WFAA

WAXAHACHIE, Texas — Updated at 12:32 p.m. with additional details about air quality test results

Classes were canceled at Life Middle School Waxahachie and Life High School Waxahachie Wednesday due to a fire at a nearby recycling facility, the school administration announced.

They said they decided to close out of an abundance of caution.

The Oak Cliff Metals Recycling Plant in Waxahachie caught fire Wednesday around 4 a.m. 

The fire was under control as of 8 a.m., but crews were still working to extinguish it, according to a spokesperson for the City.

"Crews are beginning to make progress on the fire through excavation and other methods to reach areas they have not been able to get to since it started," said Amy Borders, a spokeswoman for the City of Waxahachie.

Air quality tests conducted by the TCEQ and EPA didn't detect traces of chemicals, she said.

"The TCEQ is remaining in the area throughout the day to conduct ground-level air testing," Borders said. 

Initially, flames could be seen from Interstate 35 near FM 387 at the Oak Cliff Metals Recycling Plant.

In addition to Waxahachie Fire-Rescue, multiple neighbor agencies responded to help with the blaze, officials said. Ennis, Ovilla, Maypearl, ESD 6 and Forreston responded to the fire at the recycling plant, while firefighters from Midlothian and Red Oak covered calls at two Waxahachie stations.

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