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Fire at Brockton recycling plant ruled arson

A four-alarm fire broke out at a Brockton recycling center on Saturday.
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A four-alarm fire broke out at a Brockton recycling center on Saturday.

A fire at an electronic recycling plant in Brockton Saturday evening was set intentionally, the state fire marshal’s office said.

The four-alarm blaze at 175 East Ashland St. sent a “dangerous plastic odor” into the air and burned for almost nine hours, said Captain Jeff Gillpatrick of the Brockton Fire Department.

No one was in the building, as the plant was closed for the weekend, said Jennifer Mieth, a spokeswoman for the state fire marshal. The fire marshal provided the Brockton Fire Department with a hazmat team to test the air quality surrounding the plant, part of a new policy that makes hazmat services available to local fire departments, Mieth said.

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Investigators are asking anyone with information to call the confidential state arson hotline at 800-682-9229.

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Four-alarm fire engulfs Brockton recycling plant

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