A metal debris fire that resulted in a shelter in place advisory in three Bay Area counties Sunday was completely extinguished Monday morning and SIMS Metal Management in Redwood City resumed its normal activity. NBC Bay Area's Bob Redell reports.
A metal debris fire at SIMS Metal Management in Redwood City that led to a "shelter in place" call from local authorities is completely extinguished.
The fire burned for approximately 17 hours up until Monday morning.
The smoke initially blew in a southwesterly direction and anyone who could smell the smoke was urged to shelter in place. The advisory was lifted around 6:20 a.m.
The warning for people to stay inside was extended to parts of three counties--San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda.
Authorities said the blaze started at around 1:20 p.m. SIMS Metals is located on Seaport Boulevard. The fire was originally expected to be extinguished in three hours.
Hours after the flame broke out, the smoke began settling miles away, in places like downtown Menlo Park.
A nearby academic tutoring center felt the effects of the fire. The director of the tutoring center, Caitlin Tierney, said she took action to protect the students.
"We didn't really notice anything was wrong until some parents came in around 4:00, saying 'smells funny outside,'" Tierney said. "We didn't think anything of it until we could smell it inside."
The tutoring center then began handing out masks, as students tried to keep working despite the intense smoke.
"It's a really strange smell," said Megan Anzuini, who works at the tutoring center. "It's almost like burnt rubber and it stings. It kind of burns your eyes a little bit. It's a combination of a smell and you can feel it. It's almost smoggy outside"
No injuries or fatalities were reported.
The same building caught fire back in 2007, and the fire then was strikingly similar to today's blaze. The facility shreds metal to ship overseas.