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Crews extinguish fire on conveyor belt at recycling center

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - It took roughly ten minutes for fire crews to extinguish what was originally reported as a large fire on a conveyor belt at the recycling center on Leland Ave in the City of Utica.

First arriving crews reported smoke and flames visible around 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, but had most of the fire under control just before 10 a.m.

It is the second fire at the recycling center in just a little over a month.

On October 16, crews had a challenging time extinguishing a fire at the center caused by burning calcium quicklime. Unsure of what they were dealing with at first that time, fire crews found the fire getting worse the more water they threw on it. At that time, fire officials said they believed the calcium quicklime had come from Special Metals and should have been brought to the landfill in Ava and buried, and not brought to the Solid Waste Authority.

The cause of this most recent fire on November 20 is not known as of this writing and crews remain on the scene investigating.

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