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Updated: Crews responding to fire at Battle Creek recycling facility
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Multiple crews responded to a fire at the Cereal City Recycling Center Friday afternoon.
Officials tell Newschannel 3 that they were called to the facility around 3:40 Friday afternoon.
Crews from at least six fire departments and about 50 firefighters were on the scene working to extinguish the flames.
Officials tell Newschannel 3 that the fire is largely under control, but fire crews will be remaining on the scene most of the night to make sure the fire does not flare up again.
Hundreds of bundles of paper and plastic products have caught fire at the scene.
Initial reports indicate that the fire may have started outside the facility.
While Newschannel 3 was on the scene, we did see a firefighter that went down with some sort of injury. Newschannel 3 has been told the firefighter may have fainted due to heat exhaustion.
That firefighter was rushed to the hospital. Officials tell Newschannel 3 that firefighter was giving a thumbs up as he was taken from the scene.
Another firefighter was also injured at the scene, there is still no word on that firefighter's condition.
Newschannel 3 has also learned that a Consumers Power line snapped during that fire and a live wire landed on a fire truck. Fortunately no one was hurt.
We are also hearing about power outages, according to the Consumers Energy outage map, at the peak of outages there were over 4,000 customers without power in the area. Power may not be restored to those people until 9:30 pm.
Newschannel 3 will provide updates as information becomes available.