75+ firefighters battle massive NC blaze

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Multiple fire crews responded Wednesday to a large fire at a recycling plant in west Charlotte. Power was disconnected in the area while those crews fought the blaze.


The fire broke out around 3:30 p.m. at a facility on the 2400 block of Chamberlain Avenue. The facility appears to be Caraustar Recovered Fiber.

According to the company’s website, Caraustar is one of North America’s largest integrated manufacturers of 100% recycled paperboard and converted paperboard products.

WBTV’s Sky 3 is over the scene where firefighters are battling a large blaze outside the actual facility. Heavy smoke and flames could be seen coming from multiple piles of what appear to be boxes  and other cardboard materials as well as a tractor trailer shipping container.

More than 75 firefighters responded to the fire. Red Cross also responded to assist those firefighters.

A daycare across the street from the fire told WBTV that the power was disconnected because of the fire. The children were not evacuated but from the building, but parents were called to pick them up.

Officials have not said what may have caused the fire, or if any injuries have been reported.

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