Can anyone else here in MI smell this? Officials update public on scrap metal plant fire

DELTA, Ohio — After 15 hours, nearly 30 fire crews from departments across northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan continued Tuesday morning to battle a “very large” fire at a scrap metal plant in Fulton County that broke out the night before. 

A dispatcher for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office said “no injuries have been reported,” but confirmed that fire crews were working on a large blaze at the MetalX plant on State Rt. 109 in Delta. 

The sheriff’s office sent a public notification to avoid the area, announcing that County Road H and State Rt. 109 is closed in both directions, as well as U.S. 20A at State Rt. 109 North Junction due to the blaze. 

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Smoke could be seen billowing for miles as firefighters sprayed water on the flames. 

Delta Mayor Dan Miller said the village’s water system is currently maintained and a boil advisory that was sent out last night was taken down quickly. Additionally, a waterline between Delta and Wauseon has been opened to provide potable drinking water to Delta residents — which is why a boil advisory is not necessary. 

“Once we stabilized our water, we never lost pressure,” Mr. Miller said. 

Fire crews working on the ongoing blaze are using water taken directly out of two reservoirs from the village. 

Mr. Miller said the village will “continue to do additional testing on our water.” He did not know a cause of the fire yet and said the situation was still ongoing. 

Other fire crews are assisting the fire as well. A dispatcher from the Wauseon Fire Department said the fire was “very large” and added that “every department in Fulton County” was working to put out the flames.

Departments in Lucas County, such as Springfield Township, and Defiance County departments were also called. Firefighters from Michigan departments also responded. 

Mr. Miller said crews as far away as West Leipsic in Putnam County to Adrian, Mich., to closer departments like Sylvania Township and Swanton have responded. 

The mayor said he appreciates the first responders and volunteers that have worked during this incident. 

“When an unfortunate circumstance happens, the community around is very supportive,” he said. 

Wauseon Fire Chief Rick Sluder said in a tweet that fire crews have been on scene for more than 12 hours, adding that a “tanker task force is in action.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

For those wishing to make a donation to first responders, contact the Fulton County American Red Cross at 419-335-4636.

MetalX is an independent scrap metal recycling business founded in 2012 by Danny and Neal Rifkin. The company is headquartered in Waterloo, Ind., and the main processing facilities are concentrated in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.

Staff writer Brooks Sutherland contributed to this report.

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