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Recycling Facility Fire Under Investigation

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Chopper 16 aerial view of fire raging at Eagle Recycling in Salisbury. Chopper 16 aerial view of fire raging at Eagle Recycling in Salisbury.

SALISBURY, Md. -- Fire marshals are investigating the cause of a fire that broke out at a recycling facility in Wicomico County Wednesday afternoon.

Salisbury Fire Department's assistant chief Jim Gladwell said it took six hours to get the trash fire under control at Eagle Recycling located at 510 West Rd.

Gladwell says it's the worst trash fire he's battled in his career as fire crews used at least 400,000 to 500,000 gallons of water.

A few students living across the street witnessed how the afternoon unfolded.

"I was playing my game," said 15-year old Jeremiah Justice, "then all of a sudden these fire trucks and police came over here."

"I saw another truck," said 12-year old Jasmine Justice, "[that] had water or something in it and they were putting it on the road and stuff. Then that's when I smelled the smoke."

Fire marshals are still investigating the cause of the fire, though a preliminary report says the fire may have started from a mechanical disruption inside the facility.

Fire officials say two firefighters suffered minor injuries, one of which was heat related. Both firefighters were taken to an area hospital.

Jeffrey Fisher was working right next door to the facility when the fire broke out at around 2 p.m.

"As I seen the ashes and smoke billowing, I figured it was about time to take a break," said Fisher.

At least 48 firefighters battled the trash inferno at the facility.

Gladwell says crews from Hebron, Fruitland, Parsonsburg and Delmar also responded to the recycling facility's fire in Wicomico County.

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