Smoke visible for miles due to huge scrap metal fire in Hillsborough

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A large scrap metal fire broke out Friday afternoon in Hillsborough County at Trademark Metals Recycling near Port Tampa Bay. The fire is contained but still burning, officials said on Friday night.


Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded to the 2-alarm fire.

Officials said no injuries have been reported.

Thick black smoke could be seen from miles away Friday evening. “This will be a very extended fire, as well. The firefighters that are on scene for quite some time due to the size of the pile and what’s inside the pile,” Corey Dierdorff with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said.

Because of the amount of metal burning inside, firefighters have employed different tools. Water alone hasn’t been enough.

“We’re using foam right now, and what that does is coat the metals and excludes the oxygen from there helping put the fire out faster,” Dierdorff said. “I don’t know if you’d call it under control but it’s still in one area, and we’ve kept it from spreading from that area.”

As crews battled the blaze for hours, drivers battled traffic.

“It made it a little difficult for crews to get in here with just the amount of traffic right at rush hour on a Friday,” Dierdorff said.

Fires have broken out at this recycling facility multiple times before. Emergency crews say each one has presented a very different challenge.

Anyone with respiratory problems should be careful. The smoke is still heavy in the air.

“Even on the St. Pete side of the bay, you may want to leave your windows closed and your air conditioner on,” Dierdorff said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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