WATERLOO | A fire in a metal shredder damaged equipment at a recycling company Wednesday morning.
And below-freezing weather wreaked havoc on firefighting equipment.
“The sub-zero temperatures knocked us. Two trucks froze up,” said Battalion Chief Michael Moore of Waterloo Fire Rescue. He said fire trucks also lost two tires to punctures from sharp scrap debris in the yard.
The blaze broke out shortly after 8 a.m. at Alter Metal Recycling, 1500 W. Airline Highway, when materials on a conveyor belt leaving the shredder caught fire. Moore said the equipment separates metal from plastic and other materials as it chops, and sometimes a spark from the process can ignite material.
The fire was small but damaged the conveyor belt and other equipment, Moore said.