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Video: Massive fire in Fla.; multiple crews respond

A fire at a recycling center in Pensacola, Fla. (Pensacola Fire Department/Released)
August 16, 2023

A massive fire in Pensacola, Fla., engulfed a recycling center late Tuesday, sending huge plumes of black smoke into the air.

According to the Pensacola Fire Department, crews were still working to tackle the blaze Wednesday morning. No one was injured in the fire, officials said.

“The fire is 99% out. 3 engines and a ladder truck are still on scene, and crews are swapping out this morning. Due to the nature of the fire and the compacted cars, remaining crews are putting out hot spots to ensure we don’t have to return to the scene. Still no injuries reported,” the department said in a Facebook post. “Photos are from on scene this morning vs. first arriving on scene last night.”

Video of the massive fire was shared on Twitter.

In its original post about the blaze, the Pensacola Fire Department said crews were on the scene “of a fire at Southern Recycling, located at 1000 S. Myrick Street.”

“The call was dispatched at approximately 8:21 p.m., with multiple crews responding. Engines 1, 2, 3, 5, and ladder 11 are on scene, and our fire boat also responded,” the post continued.

Last month, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued a man who was forced to jump into the Delaware Bay after a major fire threatened to consume his fishing boat.

Fox News reported that the man’s 42-foot sport fishing boat named the Done Deal caught fire close to Delaware Bay’s main shipping channel. The good Samaritan who reported the situation provided detailed updates to the Coast Guard as the fire persisted.

According to the Coast Guard, boat crews from Little Creek Fire Company and Down Township Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene and extinguished the flames from the burning ship.

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.