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Fire at Raleigh recycling facility extinguished after a week

A small cloud of smoke is visible on Dec. 1 at the Wall Recycling facility in Raleigh.
Celeste Gracia
A small cloud of smoke is visible from a fire that's been burning at the Wall Recycling facility since Nov. 25.

This story was updated on Dec. 2 at 5:06 p.m

A fire at the Wall Recycling center in Northeast Raleigh has been extinguished a week after it started.

Officials say the fire began the morning of Nov. 25. The cause of the fire is still undetermined, but it appears to have been an accident. The state division of air quality (DAQ) plans to investigate the incident further.

"We will [try to] determine the cause of the fire, and if the fire violated any condition of the facility’s landfill or treatment and processing permits," said Shawn Taylor, a spokesperson for the state Division of Air Quality. "

The agency has responded to previous fires at this same site within the last year, but did not specify how many.

The facility, located near Interstate 540, makes wood mulch out of logs. Mulch and tree stumps were burning, according to city officials.

Wall Recycling handled all mitigation efforts. Several agencies, including the Wake County Fire Marshall's office and the North Carolina Forestry Service, monitored these efforts.

Celeste Gracia covers the environment for WUNC. She has been at the station since September 2019 and started off as morning producer.
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