Firefighters Extinguish ‘Major Emergency’ Fire at Recycling Yard in Harbor Gateway

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More than 160 firefighters extinguished a “major emergency” fire that erupted Saturday morning at a recycling yard in the Harbor Gateway neighborhood of Los Angeles, officials said.

Smoke rose above Harbor Gateway as a massive fire burned at a recycling yard on Dec. 12, 2015. (Credit: Antonio De Jesus Osuna)

Smoke rose above Harbor Gateway as a massive fire burned at a recycling yard on Dec. 12, 2015. (Credit: Antonio De Jesus Osuna)

The blaze was initially reported about 10:17 a.m. in the 20300 block of South Normandie Avenue, the Los Angeles Fire Department said on Twitter. The agency later gave the address as the adjacent 20800 block of South Denker Avenue (map).

The location is about two miles southwest of the interchange of the 405 and 110 freeways.

A knockdown was declared around 1:52 p.m., but crews planned to work through the night, the Fire Department stated.

One L.A. County firefighter sustained a minor injury during the incident, and was hospitalized in fair condition.

The recycling yard was well-involved in flames, and one nearby structure was threatened during the blaze, according to the LAFD.

A massive plume of black smoke emanated from the scene and was visible for miles.

It was not immediately clear what fueled the flames, but the color of the smoke suggested that synthetic materials were burning, said Margaret Stewart, an LAFD spokeswoman.

The Torrance and Los Angeles County fire departments were assisting in the response to the incident.

The cause of the fire was unknown and under investigation.

KTLA’s Ashley Soley-Cerro contributed to this report. 

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