Massive fire at industrial plant in Asheboro (photo gallery)

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ASHEBORO, N.C. -- Crews battled a massive fire at an industrial plant in Asheboro Friday afternoon.

The fire started at Covanta Environmental Solutions at about 12:30 p.m. The facility is a plant that recycles tires.

Crews now consider the fire contained but say it is still smoldering, as of 5 p.m.

The fire was not inside the plant. It started when a shredder caught on fire, igniting two large piles of rubber outside the plant.

One person was evacuated from a nearby home as a precaution.

Employees were in the plant when the fire broke out but no injuries were reported.

Firefighters tell FOX8's Kim Wynne they expect to be on the scene for several hours.

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