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Plastic at Pomona Recycling Plant Burns in Two-Alarm Fire

The cause of the fire, which took 80 firefighters to extinguish, was under investigation.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

It took firefighters 90 minutes to put out a smoky two-alarm blaze in a large pile of plastic at a Pomona recycling plant, a dispatch supervisor said.

The fire was reported at 9:16 p.m. at 1450 East First St., said Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Robert Diaz.

Flames were showing when the first of about 80 firefighters arrived, Diaz said. Once firefighters poured water on the burning plastic, the flames went out but smoke flowed out of the smoldering pile, according to Diaz.

A bulldozer team was assigned to turn the smoldering plastic so water could get to all of the embers in the large pile, he said.

Firefighters put out the smoldering embers at 10:48 p.m., said Dispatch Supervisor Kyle Sanford.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, Diaz said. No injuries were reported and the rest of the facility and surrounding buildings were not in danger.

—City News Service

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