Fresno mat­tress re­cy­cler fire vis­i­ble for miles

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News - BY MAR­I­LYN CASTANEDA MCas­[email protected]­

A fire Fri­day evening at a Fresno re­cy­cling cen­ter belched smoke that could be seen from miles away as fire­fight­ers tried to put out the flames.

Calls started com­ing in around 7 p.m. about the fire at the 15,000-square­foot GAF build­ing – used to re­cy­cle mat­tresses by es­sen­tially strip­ping down the old beds into dif­fer­ent com­po­nents and ship­ping them off for re­cy­cling.

The build­ing is lo­cated in an in­dus­trial area near Mus­cat and Wil­low av­enues.

The re­cy­cling com­pany’s slogan is: “Where mat­tresses go to die.”

“The fuel load­ing was tremen­dous,” Fresno County Fire Bat­tal­ion Chief Ryan Michaels said. “There’s mul­ti­ple large com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles within the build­ing that were in­volved with the fire.”

Fire­fight­ers still were try­ing to deter­mine what caused the fire and were work­ing late into the night to put out the flames.

No one was in the build­ing at the time of the blaze with work­ers hav­ing left sev­eral hours be­fore, Michaels said.

Build­ing struc­tural in­tegrity is­sues forced crews to move out­side for fire­fighter safety.

Michaels said the ma­te­rial in­side was tightly packed and stacked 15 to 20 feet, cre­at­ing a dif­fi­cult blaze to put out.

In ad­di­tion, some of the mat­tresses had plas­tic and wood com­po­nents.

It all con­trib­uted to dense, black smoke.

To com­bat the height of the fire, fire­fight­ers used tall lad­ders at­tached to their fire trucks.

Fresno City, Fresno County Fire and EMS per­son­nel were on scene to as­sist.

There was no im­me­di­ate es­ti­mate of damage.

MAR­I­LYN CASTANEDA mcas­[email protected]­

Fire­fight­ers bat­tle a blaze Fri­day evening at the GAF build­ing in an in­dus­trial area south of Fresno. Materials in­side the build­ing were tightly packed and stacked 15 to 20 feet.

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