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$35,000 damage in Rock Bay recycling fire

Sep 08 2012

The cause of an overnight dumpster fire at Ellice Recycling in Victoria that caused $35,000 damage remains unknown.

The fire department was called to the recycling facility at 2525 Bridge St. at 2: 23 a.m. Friday. No one was hurt and the fire was extinguished in about 30 minutes.

A large metal and fabric shelter over the bin melted and distorted under the heat. It will need to be inspected by engineers today to determine its structural integrity, said Victoria fire department Battalion Chief Dave Bicknell.

The fire was in a bin of demolished housing material and required a large amount of water to extinguish it, according to a news release. The blaze left "a noticeable pall of smoke" hanging over Victoria's downtown core for more than an hour after the fire started, Bicknell said.

The fire was confined to the shelter. Some nearby garbage bins were also damaged by the heat.

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