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.

Go to this link for a statement by Sims responding to the Redwood City Police Department's statement.

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 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.

Go to this link for the Almanac's story on the Dec. 17 fire.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Jan 30, 2014 at 1:24 pm

I shared my concern about this fire with San Carlos Council Member Matt Grocott. I didn't like the idea of an agency fining a business without knowing the cause of a suspicious fire (Explosion and Intense fire) very hard to put out. What caused it to keep burning?

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has fined Sims for both fires, I recommend they cancel at least the last fine immediately and re-look at the first fire. This agency was quick to fine without waiting for the cause to be determined.

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