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Overheated Forklift Brakes Among Suspected Causes Of Recycling Center Fire

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The fire at Phoenix Recycling was fueled by tons of paper and wood products.

Investigators say a forklift’s overheated brakes are among the suspected causes of a massive fire at a South Columbus recycling center. 

Fire Battalion Chief Tracy Smith says they haven’t made any final determinations.

"There are a few other options that they are looking at at this point," Smith says.

"Because of the large dollar loss, obviously, we wants to be completely accurate in the determination."

Smith says owners of Phoenix Recycling on Marion Road estimate damages of up to $8 million.

Smith says the fire is likely the city’s largest since another on the same site 25 years ago.