A fire at Rumpke Recycling’s St. Bernard, Ohio, facility caused severe damage to about two-thirds of the operation.
The Cincinnati-based Rumpke hasn’t been able to fully assess the damage yet and doesn’t have an estimate on damages, said Amanda Pratt, director of corporate communications, in an e-mail. She said a significant portion of the plant that was renovated in 2009 was damaged, as well as some offices. The 2009 renovation cost about $6.5 million.
The fire broke out the afternoon of April 10. Seven employees evacuated the facility without injury, the company said in a news release. The cause of the fire has not been determined.
Rumpke service for recycling customers in greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky will continue without interruption. Collected recyclables will be re-directed other Ohio area recycling facilities, mainly Columbus and Dayton.
No collection vehicles were impacted by the fire.
“We appreciate the quick response from the area fire departments,” Pratt said. “We are fortunate that no employees were injured, and we would like our customers to know that service will continue without interruption.”
The St. Bernard operation is the largest material recovery facility for the subsidiary of Rumpke Consolidated Companies Inc.