Denver Fire extinguishes large fire at recycling plant in Globeville

A recycling plant fire at 4920 Washington St. Nov. 27, 2018. (Courtesy of the Denver Fire Department)

A recycling plant fire at 4920 Washington St. Nov. 27, 2018. (Courtesy of the Denver Fire Department)

Update, 2:45 p.m.: The Denver Fire Department said the fire was quickly extinguished and did not extend into nearby buildings. Everyone was evacuated and there are no reports of injuries. The cause is still under investigation.


The Denver Fire department is responding to a large fire at a recycling plant at 4920 Washington St. in the Globeville neighborhood.

No injuries have been reported, according to a tweet from the fire department.

Denver Fire Department spokesman Greg Pixley told Denverite the incident is a second-alarm fire, with some 70 firefighters responding. He couldn’t say how many fire apparatuses had responded to the scene.

Pixley said recycling plants can have higher risks for sparks that can lead to fires because of the process materials go through to salvage valuable metals.

Heavy black smoke is visible from miles around Tuesday afternoon.

Smoke from a recycling plant fire at 4920 Washington St. Nov. 27, 2018. (Esteban Hernandez/Denverite)

Smoke from a recycling plant fire at 4920 Washington St. Nov. 27, 2018. (Esteban Hernandez/Denverite)

The fire department is advising drivers in the area to find alternate routes to avoid traffic.

There have been several large fires in this area where Denver meets Adams County. There were two this summer, both in July. One was at a different recycling plant near the 5600 block of York Street and the other was near the 3100 block of East 78th Avenue.

This one brings us back again to the question, “What’s with all the garbage fires?”

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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