Fire tears through battery recycling plant

Investigators will be looking into what caused an explosion and fire in a building storing lithium batteries waiting to be recycled at a plant in Trail, B.C.

TRAIL, B.C. — Investigators will be looking into what caused an explosion and fire in a building storing lithium batteries waiting to be recycled at a plant in Trail, B.C.

Firefighters were still mopping up Sunday afternoon from the blaze that began Saturday evening at the plant owned by U.S.-based Toxco Inc. and spread to an adjacent municipal recycling facility.

“The fire’s under control,” said John MacLean, administrative chief of the Kootenay-Boundary Regional District Fire Department.

“They’re actually in clean-up stages; they’re putting out the last few hot spots on the site.”

RCMP said stored lithium batteries exploded after a fire started in a small underground building at the plant.

The flames quickly spread next door to bundles of plastic and cardboard at Alpine Recycling.

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