WINCHESTER, Ky. (LEX 18) — A major road connecting Lexington and Winchester remains closed Sunday morning as firefighters continue to battle a huge fire at a recycling center.
The blaze at Stuff Recycling, a scrap metal recycling center just over the Fayette County line in Clark County on U.S. Highway 60, broke out Saturday around 4 p.m.
The black column of smoke from the fire could be seen from miles around. Neighbors say when the fire first started, they heard loud booms.
The Clark County-Winchester Emergency Management director says a pile of car pars and upholstery is fueling the fire.
He said gasoline may have been in some of the car parts.
People who live near the facility were told to stay in place overnight.
"We’re so close, that’s another concern because the only thing between us and Stuff Recycling is Stanley pipeline," said neighbor Georgene Saunders.
First responders are not sure what caused the fire, but an environmental team is at the scene testing air quality.
Emergency management says U.S. 60 will be closed until further notice, starting at Combs Ferry Road and Clintonville Road.