Recycling plant fire darkens sky over Lawrenceburg

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (WKYT) - Thick black smoke from a fire at an Anderson County recycling plant could be seen as far as 30 miles away as flames engulfed a huge pile of recycled glass Friday afternoon.

The fire broke out shortly after noon at Dlubak Glass Kentucky which is located at the junction of U.S. 62, U.S. 127 and Kentucky 44 in Lawrenceburg.

"It's just a large volume of glass on fire, and so it's difficult to keep the temperatures down," Robbie Hume of the Lawrenceburg Fire Department told WKYT.

Even though the fire was under control by late afternoon, firefighters remained on the scene to deal with any hot spots and ensure the flames didn't pick back up.

Fire crews from Lexington, Franklin County, Frankfort, Woodford County, Versailles, Jessamine County, and Mercer County helped put out the fire.

" There's no way we could have stopped the fire from spreading without those parterning agencies coming in.  We set up a command post and each agency as they arrived reported to the command center and we were able to assign their units based on the needs of the fire. And without their partnership and cooperation we'd still be fighting the blaze right now," said Hume.

The Lexington Fire Department sent a team of twenty firefighters with a foam trailer for industrial fires, two engines, one ladder truck, an ambulance, a district major and a hazmat crew.

In Lawrenceburg, some WKYT viewers said the smoke from the fire created a strong odor but the Lawrenceburg Fire Department did not issue any evacuation orders.

WKYT viewers could see the smoke seen from as far away as Lexington and Versailles.

Firefighters are still trying to find the cause for the fire.

Photo credit: Amanda Hillard

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