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Firefighters battled flames up to 100 feet tall as they scrambled to extinguish recycling blaze

Similar blazes ignited in 2015 and 2005. People nearby are concerned about the toxic fumes released into the air.
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 10:03 PM HST|Updated: May. 19, 2022 at 6:53 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu firefighters said they have extinguished a huge blaze that broke out at Campbell Industrial Park on Wednesday night.

The blaze was reported around 8:10 p.m. at Island Recycling on Kaomi Loop in Kalaeloa. Nearly 40 firefighters responded to the blaze, attacking flames that were as high as 100 feet at one point.

HFD said the fire was extinguished just after 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Fire officials said fire was out of control when they first arrived, burning huge piles of recycling material. The blaze reportedly involved burning metal, plastics and rubber.

As a result, officials don’t know what kind of chemicals are in the smoke.

“We had our hazmat crews out monitoring for air quality, making sure there was nothing toxic coming off the piles,” said Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Jonathan Ting.

Officials said the wind blew smoke toward the ocean and surrounding businesses were not in danger.

There were no reports of injuries.

This isn’t the first fire at Island Recycling’s Kapolei yard. Back in 2015, a similar fire burned at the yard for about two days.

The fire could be seen for miles, burning dozens of junked cars.

And back in 2004, a massive fire torched Island Recycling’s Sand Island yard, burning tires and crushed cardboard.

Environmental activist Carroll Cox said the recurring fires are more than a coincidence.

He said state regulators need to do a better job of ensuring that recycled materials and potentially combustible substances are stored more safely.

“I attribute most of the fires that occur here and other places to a lack of enforcement, lack of rigid enforcement,” said Cox.

HNN asked the company for comment but didn’t get a response.

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