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Fire breaks out at Doral energy plant

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DORAL, FL– Emergency personnel are working to contain a massive fire that broke out over the weekend at an energy and waste renewal plant in Doral.

The fire began at the Covanta Energy plant near the intersection of Northwest 74th Street and 97th Avenue Sunday afternoon.

“This is going to be a long-term fire, multi-operational period. We’re looking at several days,” Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Ray Jadallah said.

The fire was classified as a third-alarm fire in order to allow for additional manpower and resources.

 Around 200 firefighters battled the flames for several hours and made significant progress. 

According to the report, only two of the 11 buildings are still burning.

“We’re looking at two football fields worth of garbage and trash, coupled with other challenges, including the structures itself,” Jadallah said. 

Covanta private waste management facility is a company that uses industrial waste to generate and sell energy. They have facilities all over the US including the one in Doral that has been in operation for the last 40 years.

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava reported that fire crews have checked the air quality and did not detect any toxic chemicals, but warned of smokey conditions:

 “The area around the plant is experiencing highly smoky conditions, potentially impacted visibility, so out of an abundance of caution we’re asking that residents who live in the area remain indoors and keep their windows closed,” she said.

It is unclear when the fire will be completely put out. 

Miami-Dade Fire along with several other agencies are still at the scene.