A Kent paper recycling plant caught fire Wednesday and burned a half acre of paper and cardboard, according to the Fire Department.
Firefighters were called about 1:10 p.m. to the plant in the 1200 block of Sixth Avenue North and found the parking lot so choked with smoke that they could barely see through it.
Embers had started several smaller fires in large bundles of paper throughout the parking lot so the blaze was upgraded to a three-alarm fire, Capt. Kyle Ohashi said.
Crews useed hoses to soak the piles of paper while front-loaders were brought in to pull apart the bundles into smaller piles so the flames could be put out easier.
Investigators are working to determine what started the fire, which burned well past 9 p.m.
No one was hurt.
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