Crews from Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue responded to a report of smoke at KC Recycling shortly after 7:30 a.m. Monday.
Upon arrival to the industrial worksite, located in the 9000-block of Highway 22A, firefighters from Station 374 Trail encountered heavy smoke and the call was escalated to a second alarm. A two-alarm fire requires assistance from other departments for more pumpers and ladder trucks. Firefighters from Station 372 Warfield and Station 375 Montrose also attended. The fire was contained to the processor used for recycling electronic equipment.
The fire was knocked down and under control within 20 minutes, however a crew remained on scene to mop up and ensure there would be no further extension.
In business since 1977, KC Recycling has grown to become the largest lead acid battery (car battery) recycler in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest of the United States. In addition to lead acid batteries, the company processes electronics and cathode ray tube glass. All commodities generated by operations are sold, which includes aluminum, copper, plastic, and steel.