Firefighters from Erath County Volunteer Fire Rescue (ECVFR) responded to a call just before 4 a.m. Friday that reported flames at Erath Iron & Metal on US Highway 377 just outside of Stephenville.

According to ECVFR Fire Coordinator Chris Gable, the blaze originated inside of the metal recycling plant near a conveyor system and a pile of scrap iron. He said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Gable said no one was present at the plant when the fire ignited and that a passerby called to report the flames.

Brad Boyd, owner of the facility, said the damage was not extensive but also said some of his equipment, including the conveyor system, was damaged. Although the damages may slow internal operations for a short time, Boyd said Erath Iron & Metal will remain open for business. Service and customers will not be affected.

Gable said in addition to firefighters from ECVFR, members of the Dublin Fire Department were also on scene. Morgan Mill Volunteer Fire Department brought in a water truck to assist in battling the blaze.