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UPDATE: Washington County Dispatch and the Marietta Fire Department confirm Reno fire is out

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Published: May. 24, 2018 at 4:37 PM EDT
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Update: 5/25/2018

The Ohio EPA says it has taken water samples from a nearby creek for analysis, and notified downstream drinking water systems about the possibility of a spill. The Guernsey Metal Scrapyard, location of the fire that broke out Thursday, was returning to business Friday.

"A business like this has guidelines they have to go through at the state level," says Capt. Ted Patterson of the Reno Volunteer Fire Department, "so we've turned it back over to them, and they're cleaning up."

100 firefighters from several local departments took on the blaze. Two were treated at the scene, Patterson says, for heat-related problems.

"Guernsey helped us tremendously by having their equipment here and separating the materials so we could get it cooled down."

While the Reno fire chief has publicly said what he believed caused the fire, he added any talk about a cause would be mere speculation. The fire captain didn't want to go that far.

Chief Dan Ritchey believes it started in a car brought into the scrap yard. The lot is located right behind the Dimex Manufacturing Plant on Ohio Route 7, but there was no damage to that complex.

"The amount of water we were using dropped their pressure and triggered their alarm," said Capt. Patterson, but that was quickly taken care of."

As for any air quality issues, the state EPA says those were resolved once the fire was put out.


UPDATE: 5/25/2018, 5:08 A.M.

Washington County Dispatch and the Marietta Fire Department confirm the fire at the Reno Guernsey Scrap Recycling is now out.

The Marietta Fire Department says a few Reno firefighters are still on the scene monitoring for "hot spots."


UPDATE: 5/24/2018, 6:50 P.M.

Firefighters warn toxic smoke is coming from a fire at Guernsey Scrap Recycling in Reno, Ohio, and a possibly toxic discharge is entering the Ohio River nearby.

Reno Volunteer Fire Chief Dan Ritchy says the fire at Guernsey Scrap Recycling in Reno, Ohio is burning cars, rubber tires, wood and other unknown materials, which is causing the smoke entering the air to be toxic.

Additionally, a toxic runoff or discharge is running into the Ohio River from the fire site.

The Ohio EPA and U.S. Coast Guard have been alerted to the situation.

Ritchy says he expects firefighters to be there through Thursday night extinguishing the flames, and a special firefighting foam is on the way to the scene to help put the fire out.

According to Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks, units from Beverly, Blennerhassett, Eastwood, Fearing Township, Marietta, Newport, Reno, Warren Township and other departments have responded to the fire.


ORIGINAL STORY: 5/24/2018, 4:37 P.M.

Firefighters from several departments have been called to a fire at Guernsey Scrap Recycling in Reno.

According to Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks, units from Beverly, Blennerhassett, Eastwood, Fearing Township, Marietta, Newport, Reno, Warren Township and other departments have responded to the fire.

A spokesman for the Marietta Fire Department says one of the departments tower trucks is among the units at the scene,

The business is located at 28087 State Route 7 in Reno.

Sheriff's deputies and the Ohio State Highway Patrol are also at the scene.

We have a reporter headed to the scene, and we'll have updates online and during our evening newscasts.