Cardboard fire

Firefighters responded at 9:15 p.m. Monday to a blaze at the Rome-Floyd Recycling Center, 405 Watters St N.E. A massive pile of cardboard caught fire outside the center. No buildings were in danger. (Alan Riquelmy/

A fire erupted late Monday at the Rome-Floyd Recycling Center, injuring no one but destroying several piles of cardboard.

Firefighters responded about 9:15 p.m. to the blaze at 405 Watters St. N.E. The fire sprung from a massive collection of cardboard outside the recycling center, and firefighters quickly began attacking the flames.

Battalion Chief Clete Bonney estimated firefighters would be on the scene for three hours. The cause of the blaze is unknown.

“It’s definitely better than one that’s life-threatening,” Bonney said. “None of them are good, but this is better than a house fire.

“It’s a nuisance and it’s very expensive when it happens to the recycling center,” he added.

The recycling center had six fires in nine days last summer, though they tapered off once a construction fence was installed outside.

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