Recycling center on fire

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Updated: Friday, November 29, 11:21 a.m.

URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — The State Fire Marshal is investigating Mack’s Twin City Recycling, which caught on fire last night around 6 p.m.

It’s possible the cause of the fire was electric, but the Fire Department and Fire Marshal are still unsure.

The managers of Mack’s Recycling says business will continue as normal, but they won’t be able to do any cardboard recycling for several weeks due to the loss of that building.

Original: Thursday, November 28, 7:12 p.m.

URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Urbana business, Mack’s Twin City Recycling caught fire and crews battled the blaze for hours.

It started shortly after 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day on Lincoln Avenue.

Firefighters say no one was hurt. There were 6 fire departments that responded, in addition to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office and EMS teams.

The building that caught fire had plastics, cardboard, and recycling materials inside.

At this time, flames are still burning inside the building.

The manager of the business, Corey Mathis, told us he had just sat down to eat Thanksgiving dinner with his family when this happened.

Firefighters still do not know what caused the fire but the manager says there were oil, oxygen and propane tanks inside.

This is not the first fire to happen at Mack’s. There was a fire at this same facility that destroyed it in 2013. Then, there was a fire at the East Kerr Avenue location in July 2016.

Officials say the building is a complete loss. The state fire marshal is still investigating.

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