A massive fire continues to burn in North Knox County. It’s at Fort Loudon Waste and Recycling on Hancock Street. Authorities evacuated more than 60 homes in the area as a precaution. Currently, thick black smoke billowing from the fire can be seen for miles around and has mostly dissipated into the atmosphere. Knoxville Fire Captain DJ Corcorn says most of the materials that are burning are not hazardous, but could still cause some health issues for those in the area. Those who have not been evacuated are advised to remain indoors, and to shut off your HVAC systems. The Salvation Army at 409 North Broadway is providing shelter for those who are evacuating or who are without electricity due to the blaze. KFD Captain Corcoran says the cause of the fire appears to be a piece of machinery that backfired into a pile of paper. The owner of the business says all 25 of his employees have been accounted for and no one was injured. We’ll continue to monitor the situation as it continues to evolve.
Here’s live video coverage of the massive fire at a recycling plant in North Knoxville from our news partner at WVLT.