Columbia — The manager and owners of a Cayce recycling operation that burned for several days have been charged with unlawful burning, according to Cayce police.
The men are accused of being responsible for starting the fire, which sent plumes of black smoke into the Midlands skies for nearly 48 hours from June 29 through July 1, according to the Cayce Department of Public Safety.
Israel S. Rizo, of Cayce, the manager of the recycling operation, was arrested July 3. Charles L. Goode, of Lexington, and Doug K. Syng Jen, of West Columbia, who own the businesses that occupy the property on Foreman Street, were arrested Friday.
All three are charged with failing to follow city and state guidelines for burning. The maximum fines for those offenses are $1,092.
Earlier reports identified the business as Global Plastics Recycling. The arrest news release called the company World Wide Recycling. More than one business has been listed at the address, according to Lt. J.S. Simmons of the Cayce Department of Public Safety.
Simmons said the company was burning pallets near its building. Businesses are required to notify city officials any time they plan to burn. The charges include burning without notice and knowingly setting a fire that is at risk of causing substantial damage.
Cayce officials had to call in Hepaco, a Charlotte-based firm with expertise and equipment to handle tough-to-extinguish fires. Heavy equipment knocked down the walls of the 18,000-square foot structure.
Water and foam finally put out the fire, and little of the building remains.
Cayce Mayor Elise Partin has said the company didn’t have insurance to cover the fire damage or the expense to the city for extinguishing the fire.