Minneapolis firefighters battle blaze at metal recycling facility


Firefighters fought freezing temperatures as well as flames and heavy smoke at a two-alarm fire early Tuesday morning at Northern Metal Recycling, 1803 2nd Street North, KARE 11 reports.

No one was inside at the time of the fire and there have been no reports of injury, KARE reports.

Crews got a call about the fire at 1:10 a.m. Firefighters started to attack the blaze inside the building but the fast-growing fire forced them out, KARE reported.

Winds between 20 and 40 mph whipped flames across the roof, making work harder for the firefighters, KSTP reported. About 30 firefighters worked the blaze, KSTP said.

"It's very difficult with the water spray that was coming back. It's hard on the equipment. It's definitely hard on the personnel out here fighting the fire," Minneapolis Fire Marshal Perry Ebner told KSTP.

Officials evacuated an adjacent apartment building for a short time as a precaution, but the fire did not spread beyond the metals facility, KARE reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

KSTP has video:

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