Fire burns at west Michigan scrap metal recycling facility

WALKER, Mich. (AP) - (07/01/16) - An overnight fire at a scrap metal recycling facility in western Michigan sent flames high into the air.

No injuries are reported following the fire that burned early Friday in Walker, near Grand Rapids.

Walker Fire Department Battalion Chief Don Munn tells WOOD-TV that the fire started in a large pile of scrap metal and at one point flames were roughly 80 feet high.

Munn says crews put out the flames and firefighters were extinguishing hot spots. WZZM-TV reports smoke continued to billow from the site Friday morning.

The Grand Rapids Press reports flames had been leaping from a scrap metal pile containing barrels, appliances, lawn mowers, bed frames and a wide variety of other items. Munn says material that was burning likely was pieces of rubber and plastic.

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