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Firefighters battle blaze at Cleanlites Recycling in Mason

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Posted at 3:31 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 15:31:10-05

MASON, Mich. — A large fire broke out Tuesday at Cleanlites Recycling in Mason. The fire was discovered by two employees a little before 7 a.m. and continues to burn, still requiring the use of hoses.

Ingham County authorities are asking everyone to avoid the area so crews can work to contain and put out the blaze, the smoke from which can be seen for miles around.

According to one firefighter, the fire began in the loading dock and was exacerbated when it reached a propane tank that then exploded.

Firefighters from Mason, Leslie Township, Delhi Township, Meridian Township, Ingham Township and Eaton Rapids are assisting. Mason Fire Department Chief Kerry Minshall says that the warehouse is destroyed and will have to be demolished and rebuilt, but the office only suffered smoke damage.

There have been no fatalities or injuries caused by the fire, the cause of which is still under investigation.

A fire previously broke out at Cleanlites in September. Fire officials said batteries are believed to have started that fire.

The Mason Recycling Center serves all of Michigan by recycling electronics and focus materials in electronics, such as batteries, aerosol and more.

It is located at 665 Hull Road in Mason. News 10 crews have been on the scene all morning and will bring you the latest information once it becomes available.

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