Update: Richmond fire at waste facility on Thursday

A Richmond waste facility was on fire on Thursday afternoon.

The facility, located on Gilbert Road near the south dyke, was seen emitting black smoke from far away.

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Tim Wilkinson, fire chief of Richmond Fire-Rescue, said a shed roughly 25 by 40 feet inside the building was on fire, but was put out quickly after receiving a report on it..

"There was a significant fire inside the building, but nothing inside the building was impacted," said Wilkinson, adding that the additional services and cleaning up are being done.

He added that a large amount of sodium bisulfate, a hazardous material, was also in the room but is now safe and secure at this time.

No injuries were were reported.


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