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Published on June 20, 2024
Nashville Firefighters Tackle Blaze at Recycling Facility, No Injuries as Smoke Billows Over North NashvilleSource: Google Street View

On Thursday afternoon, a fire at a Nashville recycling facility sent plumes of smoke into the air, prompting an evacuation of the premises. According to WSMV, the Nashville Fire Department was called to the recycling center located on 19th Avenue North, where firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze that was contained but still generating considerable smoke due to the materials inside.

The entire building was swiftly evacuated, ensuring no injuries were reported at the time. The Nashville Fire Department highlighted, "Due to the contents inside lots of smoke will be ventilating from the area," signaling potential air quality concerns for the surrounding community. The WKRN report added that the Nashville Electric Service (NES) had cut power to the building as a safety precaution, a standard procedure in such incidents.

Efforts to manage the situation extended beyond fire suppression, with first responders receiving support to stay hydrated and safe. "Nashville Rehab (Box 55) is reportedly helping first responders stay hydrated and safe while handling the fire," according to a statement obtained by WKRN.

While the exact cause of the fire has not been determined, the Nashville Fire Department is likely to investigate once the area is deemed safe. "It's unclear at this time what caused the fire," as per FOX 17.