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News - February 5, 2014

Arson suspected in Sims metal recycling fire

An arsonist may have set a two-alarm fire at a Redwood City metal recycling center on Dec. 17, investigators say. Burning metal and plastic sent a foul-smelling plume of smoke into the skies of communities in southern San Mateo County.

Investigators from the Redwood City police and fire departments are reviewing footage from video surveillance cameras, including those inside Sims Metal Management at 699 Seaport Blvd., according to a police department statement. Arson is the current consensus.

In a statement, a spokesperson said Sims is committed to "responsible metal recycling" and has spent "millions of dollars" to reduce the risk of fire, including installing more fire hydrants and improving fire-access gates and fire lanes. The company has been shredding the metal stockpiles daily "thereby eliminating that fire risk," the statement says

Emergency personnel responded to the scene after an employee reported hearing a loud explosion and seeing a fire in a pile of metal designated for recycling.

Investigators ask anyone with information regarding this matter to contact Det. Dave Cirina at 780-7607, or call the anonymous Crime Stoppers tip line 800-222-8477. A cash reward may become available.

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