Crews battle fire at Johnston recycling center

By News Staff

Reporting by Rebecca Turco

Smoke filled the air in Johnston Tuesday as crews battled a fast-moving fire at a recycling center.

The flames went up in a scrap pile of cardboard and other materials at the private building, Full Circle Recycling, around 2 p.m. Crews from at least four departments were on the scene for hours battling the flames.

No one was inside when the fire began and firefighters are still not sure how and where the fire started. Officials say flames spread quickly and ferociously inside and outside of the building.

"We have piles and piles of wrapped up material. It looks like–we’re hoping–it’s just all cardboard and other regular combustibles but we did have some popping in the back there so we’re not really sure at this point what it is," said Chief Tim McLaughlin of the Johnston Fire Department.

Because Johnston doesn’t have a big water supply, takers had to shuttle water to the scene.

The Fire Marshal’s Office has been notified.

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