ARCADIA TWP. — Dozens of firefighters from multiple local fire departments responded Monday afternoon to a massive structure fire at Jim’s Recyling at 1397 N. Youngs Rd.

By the time they arrived at the scene, emergency personnel encountered flames and thick dark smoke emanating from the business’s shop area.

Neighbors said they could hear intermittent explosions and “popping noises” coming from the area of the fire; possibly the sounds of exploding propane cannisters.

Lapeer County Sheriff’s deputies at the scene said no one was injured, but that damage to the affected structure appeared to be a total loss.

Some emergency personnel estimated it could take many hours to fully extinguish the fire. Meanwhile, the section of roadway was closed to traffic north of Ostrom Rd.

In addition to responding fire departments, Lapeer County EMS and Lapeer County Sheriff’s deputies were at the scene.

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.