Fire erupts at Dalton battery recycling center

DALTON, GA (WDEF) — An “Asset” to the Dalton community caught fire this afternoon, prompting officials and firefighters from Whitfield County to report to the scene.

The call came in to the Whitfield County Fire Department around 1 p.m. Friday afternoon about a raging fire at Asset Recycling & Recovery battery recycling center.

Once on the scene, fire officials cited seeing plenty of black smoke and hearing “several explosions” from inside the burning building.

Whitfield County Battalion Chief Terry Warnix said how the fire began is still unknown.

“We’re still in the investigation mode of it,” Warnix said. “We do know that there [were] some ion batteries in there. That’s what kept exploding a while ago.”

After the worst was over, part of the building had already collapsed and its structural integrity was lost due to heat and battery explosions.

Whitfield’s EMA Director David Metcalf confirmed that Whitfield County firefighters were backed up by Dalton City and Hamilton EMS personnel.

While the fire is under control, Metcalf does believe crews could be here for much longer to get all of the recyclable materials and batteries safely out of the building.

“They’re going to be here for a while,” Metcalf said. “It’s going to take a while to get all of the material pulled out and put out, but everyone’s safe. They’re probably going to be here all night, I’d say.”

Officials confirmed there were no injuries and no fatalities as a result of the fire.

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