Five Elkhart area departments respond to fire at Green Stream Company recyclables plant

Fire on Saturday night, April 26, on 29414 Phillips Street in Elkhart damages semi trailers and storage hoppers.

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 11:21 p.m. | Updated on April 27, 2014 at 5:07 p.m.

ELKHART — Amit Shah is thankful that a Cleveland Townshp Fire Department station was only 200 yards away.

Shah, the owner of Green Stream Company, suffered losses to semi trailer compartments and roll off hoppers in a parking lot fire late Saturday, April 26. The business, which employs 85 workers at 29414 Phillips Drive, deals in recyclable cardboard, plastics and wood pallets.

A Cleveland Township station located at the corner of Phillips Drive and C.R. 12 on Elkhart's west side was the first unit to respond. Green Stream is located a block south of C.R. 12.

Crews from Baugo, Osolo, Penn, Clay and Osceola township fire departments also responded to the call and worked nearly two hours the get two separate blazes under control. Calls came into dispatch operators just before 11 p.m.

The fire was contained to two trailers, one which was heavily damaged, and one recyclable hopper. The lack of a hydrant in the block forced the firefighters to use tanker units to provide water.

"I'm more happy that no one was hurt, and that the fire department did a great job containing the fire," said Shah, who has owned the business since 2010. "We did lose some equipment, but that's always replaceable."

Shah said that even though the trailer units which caught on fire were parked next to the company's main building, there was no damage to the structure.

According to Shah, fire officials had not identified a cause for the blaze and that he was uncertain as to what materials caught fire. He also said that he did not expect the fire to disrupt services to his customers.

Shah did say a shift of employees did work from 6 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. Saturday, though he was not at the plant during the day.


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