Firefighter with safety gear.

CORRecycling noted that no one was seriously injured in the recent facility blaze because most employees had already left for the day. | somsak-suwanput / Shutterstock

Colorado processor CORRecycling suffered a fire at its Grand Junction facility last week, and the company has temporarily closed its doors.

CORRecycling last week released a statement describing the fire, which erupted at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 23. The company noted that no one was seriously injured because most employees had already left for the day.

But the facility took a significant hit.

“Unfortunately, our building suffered catastrophic damage,” company leaders wrote.

The Grand Junction Fire Department issued a release noting it received reports of “thick black smoke and flames” coming from the building. After about three hours, fire crews were able to enter the building to find and extinguish spot fires, the fire department stated. The origin and cause of the fire are under investigation, the department added.

The company said it is working to reopen the facility and figure out its next steps, although CORRecycling does not have an estimated reopening date currently.

“This is the most heartbreaking travesty we have experienced for our company,” CORRecycling said in the statement. “We take pride in the essential service we provide to this wonderful Valley. We greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers as we handle this unfortunate event. The community support is truly heartwarming and we can not say thank you enough.”

The e-scrap processor recently expanded into a larger space and hired additional employees. At the time, CORRecycling planned to process more than 1 million pounds of e-scrap this year.

CORRecycling plans to open a temporary drop-off site to accept electronics even while the facility is closed.

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