Located at 4200 14th St., Plano, the Republic Services facility was still on fire as of 10:30 a.m.today and will more than likely be a total loss, according to city officials. Employees at the Republic Services reported the fire at around 6:30 p.m. after seeing smoke and flames coming from one of the three buildings at the site.
The firefighters who arrived first found heavy fire and smoke emitting from the largest of the buildings, which houses the recycle sorting equipment and receives truck collections. There were no employees in the building at the time the fire started and no one was injured, according to a Plano Fire-Rescue news release.
Five fire engines, four fire trucks and several smaller apparatus on the scene worked to extinguish the fire from the outside due to the size of the building and the large amount of fire and combustible material inside, according to Plano Fire-Rescue. There was still material on fire in the building by 10 p.m. and crews remained at the scene overnight and into Thursday morning to ensure it is put out completely.
Republic is working on several short term options to allow the city to resume collections, city spokesman Steve Stoler said. About a quarter of residents received recycling pick-up earlier this week. Stoler said the city would continue to provide updates to the media and its residents as new information comes in and as soon as it has a final plan for future pick-up dates.