HFD declares Schnitzer Steel yard fire controlled; investigators now probing cause

Published: Dec. 11, 2015 at 10:41 PM HST|Updated: Dec. 13, 2015 at 12:00 AM HST
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KALAELOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A day after it started, a fire at the Schnitzer Steel Hawaii metal recycling yard has been brought under control.

The Honolulu Fire Department said the blaze was controlled at 12:07 p.m.

The blaze was first reported Friday at 5:16 p.m. at the plant in Campbell Industrial Park. Crews from the fire department and Schnitzer Steel battled the fire through the night and had most of it out by early morning. However, five HFD units returned to the scene at 9:16 a.m. Saturday when the blaze rekindled.

Honolulu Fire Battalion Chief James Perkins said the fire started in a pile of cars that were awaiting recycling.

The pile is about 50 feet high, 40 feet wide and 50 feet deep. 
"There's a second pile of miscellaneous metals, old refrigerators, air-conditioners, that sort of thing, and that pile is probably as big as the pile of cars that's burning," said Perkins.  "So we are trying to keep that fire to that initial pile and keep it from spreading to that second pile right next to it."

Smoke and flames could be seen for miles. Fortunately, winds blew the thick black smoke out to sea.

No injuries were reported.

Damage costs are estimated at $1,000.

A fire department investigator was on the scene Saturday to determine the cause. A HFD hazardous materials team also took samples from the area.

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