(CBS4) — There was a large trash pile on fire at Denver Metal Recycling in the area of Interstate 70 and Ivy Street in Denver Monday morning, and smoke was visible from the interstate. Denver Fire Department confirmed there was no danger beyond the property and no reported injuries.
Large amounts of smoke were visible from the interstate for miles, however, and police advised drivers to avoid the area.
Denver Fire PIO Greg Pixley told CBS4 the fire department was working to put out the fire, but it would not be investigating the cause. CBS4 went to the scene of the fire at the recycling facility, where smoke plumes were still billowing from the large pile of scrap at 8 a.m.
The call originally was received by firefighters at 6 a.m. with reports of 30 to 40 feet of flames at the facility.
“The best thing about it was when representatives of this lot showed up. Their crane operators jumped in right away and went to work. They were able to start moving the stuff we had put out and then we could get to the deeper seated fire as the day went on,” said Denver Fire Asst. Chief James Hart.
The #DenverFireDepartment is on scene of a trashfire at a recycling plant located at I-70 & Ivy that has large amounts of metals involved. Hidden fire in the pile is making the extinguishment difficult. Traffic in the area affected, so alternate routes are advised.@DenSafetyDept pic.twitter.com/W1XLZDia2g
— Denver Fire Department (@Denver_Fire) May 2, 2022
Denver Police Department tweeted just before 7 a.m., Holly Street was closed from 46th Ave to 48th Ave. Drivers were advised to avoid the area during that closure.
— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) May 2, 2022
There was no report of injuries or danger to any structures.
The fire was 100% contained at noon.