Broken out at Island Recycling
It started in a giant pile containing everything from appliances, plastics and cars. Investigators say the cause of the fire is undetermined.
Island Recycling owner Jim Nutter said the fire did not cause severe environmental impacts.
“We have a burn area, so everything stayed within the lot,” he said. “For the trade winds, it would have taken care of anything that went up in flames.”
Nutter says he’s cooperating with the Department of Health in its investigation. “They come in and do their inspections, and we’ll get a letter in a few months if we followed protocol,” he said.
Nutter says he has followed proper protocols and obtained proper permits to operate the business.
This isn’t the first time a fire has broken out at Island Recycling.
Nutter attributed the cause of a huge fire in 2004 at the company’s old Sand Island location to new employees.
“We were shredding tires and on the inside of the tires are steel belting and that causes sparks. After everybody had left, some new people were running the equipment,” he said.
KHON2 wanted to find out what health impacts, if any, were caused by the fire in 2004. Instead, the Department of Health asked us to fill out a government request record form.