A fire broke out in a scrap heap at Stevens Recycling in Genk on Thursday morning. The fire brigade quickly located the fire. Still, extinguishing waste metal takes hours.
At Stevens Recycling on the Swinnewijerweg in Genk, scrap from cars and discarded electronic and electrical equipment is stored, transshipped, sorted and mechanically treated. They process 1,000 tons of scrap per day. Fires have broken out several times in the past in these large heaps of waste metal, sometimes leading to high plumes of smoke and extinguishing fires that took days.
On Thursday around 7:30 am, the fire brigade received an emergency call from the company. Major resources were immediately deployed: two car pumps, a ladder truck and also a drone team to locate the seat of the fire from the air. During a metal fire, the temperature rises very quickly, which means they can be extremely hot. Quick extinguishment is therefore desirable.
The cause of the fire is unknown. A metal fire can start in different ways. For example, in metal processing companies, fuels such as gasoline and oil can cause a metal fire.