Rome-Floyd Fire Department

A fire at the Rome-Floyd Recycling Center that started shortly before 10:30 p.m. sent clouds of smoke as far as the downtown area late Wednesday night.

Rome-Floyd Fire Battalion Chief Clete Bonney said the area that burned was a pile of cardboard, 500 feet by 40 feet and about 10 to 12 feet tall.

“We’re going to be out here all night,” he said shortly before midnight.

Norfolk Southern was asked to slow down trains passing the facility so their passing didn’t fan the flames.

It was the second fire in less than two weeks at the 405 Watters St. facility. The cause is under investigation.

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