Employees were evacuated Thursday afternoon after a fire broke out at the North Toledo OmniSource Corp. facility.
Toledo firefighters Thursday night continued to pour water on a smoldering outdoor pile of debris at a North Toledo metals recycler more than seven hours after a blaze was reported there.
By 10 p.m., work crews at OmniSource Corp., 5130 North Detroit Ave., were using a crane to pull apart the debris pile so firefighters could douse hot spots.
The fire was reported about 2:40 p.m., and employees were evacuated. Even an hour later, a column of thick black smoke could be seen for miles around.
One firefighter was taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center for heat-related issues, Toledo fire Lt. Dan Whitacre said. His condition was unknown Thursday night.
The cause of the fire had not been determined Thursday night.
The loss from a daylong fire at the facility in 2009 exceeded $2 million and caused extensive damage to conveyors and equipment that grind up junked vehicles.
OmniSource collects, processes, and resells a wide variety of scrap metal, according to its Web site. The North Toledo facility is a collection yard and a processor of ferrous and nonferrous metals.