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Stickney recycling fire extinguished after 72 hours

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A fire that started early Friday morning at the Stickney Recycling Center has finally been put out.

Some residents who live in the I-475/Lagrange St area are still worried about the possibility of breathing in dangerous chemicals, but health officials say conditions appear to be safe.

Toledo firefighters worked some 600 hours to fully extinguish the blaze.

As of Monday afternoon, the fire had been extinguished, but the owners of the recycling site could be facing civil or legal consequences.

The fire started around 6 a.m. Friday morning. Crews spent the weekend getting it under control. In the meantime, residents were advised to limit their time outside. Some workers at the nearby Jeep plant wore masks during their shifts.

Monday, EPA officials said the asbestos air tests from Friday did not show anything of concern. They are still looking into other chemicals that may have spread.

Fire Chief Luis Santiago says the overall operation at the Stickney Recycling Center will be evaluated.


He says crews had a hard time reaching the fire and that there was not adequate water available. Health officials say the recycling center has had violations in the past, but they did not go into any details.

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