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Recycling Plant Fire Burns for 3rd Day in Central Minnesota

Updated: February 20, 2020 12:04 PM

BECKER, Minn. (AP) - Firefighters are battling a stubborn fire at a metal recycling plant in a small Minnesota community for a third consecutive day.

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The fire at the Northern Metals plant in Becker is unleashing noxious, billowing smoke. School officials have canceled classes.

The Becker Police Department said late Wednesday that the fire could last for days more. Residents are not being asked to evacuate but should stay away from the immediate area of the fire.

Police say the cause of the fire remains unknown.

Firefighter Toni Knutson says the fire is burning under a huge pile of cars. She says cranes are being used to remove the vehicles from the pile one-by-one.

The Star Tribune reports the city has requested help from the National Guard, the state Pollution Control Agency and health department.   

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