UNION CITY, Tenn. - A massive and destructive fire that started Thursday morning at the Greenway Recover and Recycle Facility in Union City, Tennessee is still burning, and the facility is destroyed.
According to the Union City Fire Department, the fire started when a cardboard bailer caught fire.
Fire officials tell our Elizabeth Fields that employees tried to battle the initial fire and thought they had extinguished it, but the Union City fire chief says by the time there crews arrived on scene, the fire had spread under surrounding material.
Fire crews fought the blaze inside until 6:00 p.m. Thursday, but it eventually got away from them and overtook the building. The roof of the facility collapsed at 8:00 p.m.
At some point overnight the flames spread from the building to the material in the yard outside of the building.
Firefighters have one truck on each side of the building to help combat the intense flames. At this point they are still trying to keep the fire from spreading. Fire officials tell us it could still be a couple of days before the fire is fully extinguished.
Firefighters are guessing that it could take days before the flames are completely burned out, and will continue to rotate shifts until the fire is out.
Greenway Recover & Recycle officials tell us their plan is, once the fire is out, to clean-up and try to get back to work as soon as possible.
Local 6 will continue to cover this story throughout the day and bring you the very latest from Union City as we learn more.
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