Crews work to contain large fire at west Charlotte facility

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Officials say more than 75 firefighters worked to contain a large fire at a recycling plant in west Charlotte.

Multiple media outlets report officials say the fire broke out Wednesday afternoon at Caraustar Recovered Fiber, which is a paperboard recycling plant.

Intense flames burned large piles of cardboard and appeared to melt pieces of a tractor-trailer shipping container on the property. Smoke from the fire could be seen by workers uptown.

Charlotte Fire Department spokeswoman Cynthia Shah-Khan says the five-alarm fire is the largest the department has responded to this year.

Shah-Khan says four firefighters were checked out by paramedics for heat-related problems and one firefighter was transported to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment.

Investigators have not said what they believe caused the fire.

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