Hazmat crews arrive at South Philadelphia recycling center blaze

    A fire broke out late this morning at the transfer and recycling center in South Philadelphia beneath the Walt Whitman Bridge.


    Heavy smoke was pouring out from the building, and hazmat crews are on hand to determine what materials are involved in the blaze. Tim Ireland of the Delaware River Port Authority said the fire is not on DRPA property, but the wind blew the smoke in that direction. Once the smoke tapered off, normal traffic speeds in the area resumed.

    According to WHYY’s Corinne Warnshuis, “the smoke was mostly white and smelled like burning plastic.” Corinne spotted the fire while driving on Columbus Boulevard.

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