Cleanup continues at Rumpke after big blaze

ST. BERNARD, OH (FOX19) - It will take months to restore operations as cleanup continues at the Rumpke recycling facility after Tuesday's fire.

Rumpke officials and damage assessors will get a full look at the damage today once all the ruble is removed from the 70,000 square foot facility.

Early estimates are that two thirds of the building has damage and millions of dollars worth of equipment is destroyed.

Back in 2009 Rumpke spent $6.5 million in upgrades on state of the art sorting machines.

Those machines are not salvageable but are insured.

Sorting cannot be completed at the St. Bernard plan but will be done at other Ohio plants.

All recyclables will be picked up like normal and then taken to the landfill in Colerain.

There, the materials will be put on trucks and hauled to either Columbus or Dayton to be recycled. The estimated cost of truck rentals, gas, and other expenses for that is unknown.

The fire erupted around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday night when something lit inside a truck was dumped into the facility igniting the other materials.

Fifteen different fire departments and over 130 fire fighters spent nearly 10 hours putting out the fire and monitoring hot spots.

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