Numerous fire companies from as far as Nanty Glo and West Taylor Township were battling a blaze late Thursday at the Rollock plant, a scrap metal recycling service in Franklin Borough.
The fire was reported around 6:40 p.m. at the plant, located on the 1300 block of Main Street. The smoke from the fire could be detected as far as downtown Johnstown.
Firefighters also had to battle temperatures that had fallen to 12 degrees by late Thursday.
The fire reportedly started in a large pile of cardboard.
Firefighters closed Main Street between Route 271 and the entrance to the plant for a couple of hours.
No other information was available late Thursday.
Rollock, which also has a plant in Stoystown, was founded in 1996 to manufacture and distribute Rollock Clamps. The company has since diversified into ferrous and nonferrous metals processing and recycling.
At the Franklin plant, anti-skid and sand also are available for sale.