UPDATE: La Crosse firefighters battle fire at Harter’s Recycling Center

The La Crosse Fire Department fought both the frigid temperatures and a fire Wednesday night.

Crews battled a fire at the Harter’s Quick Clean Up recycling plant in La Crosse’s industrial park on the north side.

They were called there shortly after 7:30 p.m. after reports of a fire in a garbage pile inside the building.

“As far as I know, it’s just the garbage burning. It’s a large pile but we’re sorting through, pulling things out, putting water on it as we go, but it doesn’t seem to be any of the structure at all,” said La Crosse Fire Capt. Lance Tryggestad.

People were working at the recycling plant at the time the fire started and were all accounted for.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

Crews remained on the scene for more than 3 hours until they could dig to the bottom of the garbage pile and make sure all fires were put out.

“Although the cause of the fire has not been determined, possible causes could be unacceptable/hazardous material such as batteries placed in with recycling or the material emptied in the recycling facility was already hot or on fire,” according to a statement issued by Harter’s Recycling Thursday afternoon.

Batteries, especially 6 volt and 9 volt, are not to be thrown in with recycling, the statement said.

According to Harter’s, the following items are not recyclable: Garbage, medical waste, batteries, hazardous chemicals and/or hazardous containers.