GRIMES, Iowa — Firefighters responded to a fire at a recycling facility in Grimes Tuesday afternoon.

The fire happened at around 4 p.m. at the Metro Recycling Facility in the 4100 block of SE Beisser Drive.

Firefighters from four departments responded to the Metro Waste Authority recycling center on SE Beisser Drive, just off the 141 flyover.

Workers were already evacuating when firefighters arrived. Crews were able to get the fire under control quickly but remained on the scene for several hours checking for hot spots.

We spoke with one of the evacuated workers.

“When the fire alarm came on the way, we had to go out on the on the maintenance side when we walked, like, halfway out. I see, like, a big old flames just. Just bursting out,” said Metro Waste Authority employee Austin Phongsavanh.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Firefighters have not said how much damage it caused.