Firefighters are battling a large scrap metal fire raging at a recycling plant near the Port of Tampa, Florida, as plumes of black smoke spread across the region.
The fire broke out at Trademark Metals Recycling on Port Sutton Road in Hillsborough County where fire rescue crews remain at the scene.
The blaze has been upgraded to a two alarm fire but no injuries have been reported.
On scene of a large fire at Trademark Metals and Recycling. Media staging at Port Sutton and 50Th st in the MBEA parking lot pic.twitter.com/mf1e8BpFni
— Hillsborough County (@HillsFireRescue) December 2, 2016
The Southbound 50th Street at Causeway has been closed to traffic while the Sheriff’s Office marine unit has rerouted boaters in the area.
People have reported seeing billows of smoke from as far as downtown Tampa, Gandy and Apollo Beach.
Trademark Metals Recycling describes itself as the “largest full-service scrap metal recycler in Florida, with 22 locations across the state.”