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Fire races through recycling plant

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 Firefighters continue to look for a cause into a July 10 recycling yard fire south of Commerce City.

The fire started around 3:30 p.m. at EVRAZ Recycling, near East 56th Avenue and York Street. Units from South Adams County, Adams County, Fort Lupton, Brighton, Westminster, Arvada, Fairmount, Mountain View, South Metro and Denver fire departments are on the scene. The total was 44 units andmore than 100 firefighters who were on the scene.

That small army was able to keep the fire in its original pile and from spreading to nearby buildings inside the facility, accoprding to Adams County Fire Department spokesman Carlos Briano.

Two firefighters sustained minor injuries. 

The Tri County Health Department monitored downwind from the plant. The state department of public health kept an eye on the fire, too, but did not receive any complaints. 

The company's web site says  EVRAZ is the largest metal scrap recycler in western Canada with 13 facilities across the prairies. There are two in the United States. The other is in North Dakota. It buys, processes and sells what it calls "fernoud and non-fernous materials."

Local media say ERVAZ employees are safe.

It took more than 15 hours to knock the fire down. The last group of firefighters left the scene late the afternoon of July 11.