FERNLEY, Nev. (775 Times, NV Globe) – A fire broke out late Thursday afternoon at a hazardous materials recycling facility in Fernley, producing numerous explosions and closing a road for at least the night, according to a fire official.
North Lyon County Fire Protection District Chief Jason Nicholl stated that there are no public safety concerns. Nobody in the general public was hurt. Two firefighters were injured but were treated on the site and returned to fight the fire.
The fire broke out outside Clean Earth, a hazardous materials recycling company, at 4:30 p.m. The flames were put out in about 45 minutes, and full containment took about an hour, according to Nicholl.
When the fire started, there was a large explosion, followed by many smaller explosions while workers battled the fire.
However, about 5,000 gallons of water used to extinguish the fire interacted with hazardous items on the scene, resulting in the hazardous materials issue. That material’s spread was halted.
Hazmat teams from Lyon and Storey counties, as well as the Nevada National Guard, were dispatched to manage the issue, according to Nicholl. The Nevada State Fire Marshall’s Office is also on the scene.
East Newlands Road from Lyon Drive to Nevada Pacific Drive is closed and will be closed overnight, according to Nicholl.
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