Fresno mattress recycler fire visible for miles
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.
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.