A fire that broke out Sunday at Cohen Recycling Center in West Carrollton sent a huge plume of black and brown smoke billowing eastward to downtown West Carrollton and beyond.
The scrap pile was still smoldering around 9:30 a.m. Monday when the last fire truck cleared the facility at 5101 Farmersville-West Carrollton Road. Crews from Cohen were using front-end loaders to break up the pile and spread it out.
The fire reportedly started just after noon Sunday, but flames were still visible at 5 p.m. as firefighters from multiple jurisdictions battled the blaze.
On the scene were fire personnel from West Carrollton, Washington Twp./Centerville, West Alexandria, Dayton, Germantown, Farmersville/Jackson Twp., Gratis, the Miami Valley Fire District, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
The fire was just inside the front gate of the recycling center formerly known as Metal Shredders Inc. It is the home of Cohen’s automobile shredder and processes all automobiles that come through the Cohen system, according to its website. The facility had been closed Saturday and Sunday.
It is not clear when it will be able to reopen following the fire.
A loud crashing or cracking sound could repeatedly be heard as crews battled the fire.
The immediate area is sparsely populated, with a few other businesses, houses and mostly farm fields. An acrid scent from the smoke permeated the area that reached nearby Kettering and Moraine.
Fire crews were still actively fighting the fire around 5 p.m. Sunday and could not immediately provide information on the cause of the fire or other details.
The Dayton Daily News has reached out to fire officials for more information on the cause, the number of personnel that had to respond and an approximate resource cost.