Large fire at recycling plant in Adams County; smoke seen for miles

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. -- A fire in unincorporated Adams County just north of Denver city limits blew thick, black smoke into the air near Interstate 70 on Tuesday afternoon.

The fire at EVRAZ Recyling at 5601 York Street was first spotted about 3:30 p.m. and could be seen for miles.

Among the types of materials that are recycled at the plant are vehicles, appliances, industrial scraps, stainless steel, vehicle batteries and catalytic converters.

The Environmental Protection Agency is monitoring the air quality in the area. The agency is asking people to stay out of the area or to stay indoors.

Franklin Street was closed between 52nd and 58th avenues as the fire burned.

Adams County Fire said as of about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, the fire had been contained to the original pile. A total of 112 firefighters from 16 fire departments around the metro area responded to the fire.

Two firefighters were transported to local hospitals with non-serious injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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