Trash fire sends smoke across Tampa

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – An evening trash fire sent thick, black smoke across Tampa Thursday evening.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue 911 received a call of a reported trash fire at Alex Metal Recycling on Raleigh Street in Tampa.

When firefighters arrived, they reported a large trash pile with hundreds of tires in it was burning.

Firefighters found the nearest hydrant and started aerial firefighting operations.

It took firefighters approximately three hours to get the fire under control.

No one was injured in the fire.

The cause has been determined to be an accidental ignition from a cutting torch being used to cut recyclable metal.

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