More than a dozen fire departments responded to Arcadia Twp. blaze


A large plume of black smokes rises from the scene of an intense fire at Jim’s Recyling on Youngs Road in Arcadia Township. No one was hurt in the incident.

ARCADIA TWP. — Dozens of firefighters from multiple local fire departments and jurisdictions responded just before 3 p.m. Monday, May 24, to a massive structure fire at Jim’s Recycling at 1397 N. Youngs Rd.

By the time they arrived at the scene, firefighters and 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, which they believed to be the sound of exploding propane canisters.

Lapeer County Sheriff’s deputies at the scene reported that no one was injured in the fire.

The affected structure and its contents, including equipment, tires, vehicle parts and other materials was destroyed in the blaze.

Due to the size and nature of the fire, firefighters had to access and transport water to the scene from various sources.

At around 4:15 p.m., emergency personnel at the scene estimated it could take hours to fully contain the fire.

Meanwhile, the section of Youngs Road north of Ostrom Rd was closed for some time.

Information regarding specific details related to the fire, including its believed cause, was unavailable at press time.

A total of 18 fire departments responded to the fire.

Responding departments included: Arcadia, North Branch, Imlay City, Goodland, Lapeer, Almont, Attica, Dryden, Brown City, Elk Twp., Moore Twp., Carsonville, Minden City, Deckerville, Lamotte Twp., Croswell, Delaware Twp. and Speaker Twp.

Lapeer County EMS and Lapeer County Sheriff’s deputies also responded to 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.