Tulsa trash and recycling plant catches fire overnight, 35 firefighters called to battle flames

TULSA - A north Tulsa trash plant went up in flames early Tuesday morning, leaving piles of charred trash.

A large cloud of smoke hung over Highway 75 just northwest of the Tulsa Recycling and Transfer Plant as the Tulsa Fire Department received multiple calls about a fire around 2 a.m.

The fire was found inside the trash and recycling facility, which handles Tulsa's recycling contract. TFD dispatched 35 firefighters and eight trucks. 

There were no injuries to report as the plant wasn't operating at the time, said fire officials, but that also impacted the fire inside.

"They are not in full operation at this time, so they didn't have all the vents open," said TFD spokesman Stan May. "Kept a lot of the heat and smoke inside. As soon as we got those vents open we could clear that out, make a little better progress, put the fire out."

TFD said the building does have some electrical and noticeable smoke damage but the extent of the damage won't be determined until they can take a closer look at the building.

The building is still structurally sound and could be operating again later in the day, said TFD officials.

Crews will remain at the plant through the morning, hauling trash outside and spraying it with water to make sure the fire is complete extinguished.

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