Crews extinguish blaze at metal recycling facility in southeast Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Fire Department battled flames and smoke amid high temperatures at a southside metal recycling facility early Monday evening.

Fire crews responded to a fire at Metal Check, 5700 S. High Street, shortly before 5:30 p.m.

Fire officials say a worker was loading vehicles into a crusher when apparent residual fuel leaked out and caught fire.

Officials say the fire quickly spread because of the flammable vehicle interiors and other materials nearby.

Smoke from the blaze could be seen for miles.

Southeast winds blew the acrid smoke as firefighters knocked down the fire with water hoses from the ground and aerial ladders, as an excavator pulled apart the burning metal.

The fire was knocked down shortly before 6:30 p.m. A larger-than-normal amount of crews were brought in because of the high temperatures.

No injuries were reported.