North Toledo residents urged to take precautions against recycling plant fire

Toledo Fire Chief Luis Santiago addresses the media as crews continue to battle north Toledo recycling plant fire.

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department is warning north Toledo residents to take proper precautions to stay safe after a fire swept through a recycling plant Friday morning.

Firefighters have been working to contain the blaze at the Stickney Recycling, 4425 Creekside Avenue, since early Friday morning.

As of late afternoon Friday, Toledo Fire and Rescue Chief Luis Santiago said the fire was about 60-percent contained and that no injuries have been reported. He expects that the fire should be completely extinguished by Saturday.

The EPA and health department said people who live in the general area from Manhattan Boulevard to I-475 to Lagrange Street should stay indoors and avoid breathing in smoke associated with the fire.

Officials say it is not clear if any harmful chemicals have been released; however, they advise to stay clear from the area as a precaution.

Stickney Recycling accepts construction and demolition debris including asbestos, tires and yard waste, according to the plant's website.

The health department said it will continue to monitor air quality.