HAYWARD — A fire in a pile of old refrigerators, dryers and other items slated for recycling drew firefighters from Hayward and Union City to the 30100 block of Industrial Parkway Southwest, near Addison Way, around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

The fire created a large plume of smoke, but was contained shortly after 5 p.m.

Union City Battalion Chief Jeff Graham said fire crews would be there for a while because such fires are tough to fully extinguish.

A worker at the Sims Metal Management recycling yard used a crane to pick smoldering pieces from smoking pile, which were then hosed and set aside.

"We have to get all the way to the bottom of the pile," Graham said. "All the (items) piled up acts like a roof, so water can't get through. It's slow going."

There were no injuries or structure damage, fire officials said.

Graham said there was no way of immediately knowing what caused the fire.

Industrial Parkway SW was blocked in both directions through the late afternoon, and the smoke visible from the freeway caused slowdowns on nearby Interstate 880, officials said.

Eric Kurhi covers Hayward. Reach him at ekurhi@bayareanewsgroup.com or 510-293-2473.



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