Large fire ongoing at Northern Metals Recycling plant in Becker

The company was previously based in Minneapolis, but was forced to leave due to pollution levels.
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Firefighters are battling a large blaze at a recycling plant in Becker.

The Becker Police Department says the fire was first reported at the Northern Metals Recycling site at 12342 Energy Drive at 2:25 a.m., when a passerby reported it.

Crews from three fire departments are at the scene tackling the fire, which seems to be confined to an area of crushed cars.

At this stage, nobody has been injured and no buildings have been damaged.

There is however, a risk for those driving along Hwy. 10, with smoke from the blaze reportedly blowing across the road.

At this stage, there's no indication as to how the fire started.

Northern Metals Recycling was formerly based in North Minneapolis, where it operated a metal shredder.

However, it was ordered to shut down by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and told to move outside the Twin Cities metro. This came after heightened levels of particulate matter in the air near its facility, with the MPCA finding it to be a significant source of the pollution in the neighborhood.

It moved the metal shredder operation to Becker last summer.

Northern Metals' Minneapolis recycling center, about a mile south of the shredder, was also the scene of a major fire in December 2016.

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