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Fire breaks out at waste facility next to Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire that broke out Friday, Dec. 16, 2022 at the Wheelabrator waste-to-energy facility in Portsmouth.

Ian Munro

The Virginian-Pilot


Fire crews responded to a fire at waste-to-energy facility in Portsmouth Friday morning.

Fire crews from Portsmouth, Chesapeake and the Navy are on the scene at the Wheelabrator Portsmouth facility, located next to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

Emergency responders said the fire was reported around 11:50 am and they are in “defensive operations.” No injuries have been reported but the fire was causing traffic delays as the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge was closed to traffic.

It was unclear as of 1:30 p.m. when the bridge would reopen.

Per day, the Wheelabrator facility burns around 2,370 tons of post-recycled waste from Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Franklin, Suffolk, Southampton County and Isle of Wight County, according to the company’s website. About 85% of the region’s trash is burned at that facility.

Staff writer Caitlyn Burchett contributed to this report.

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