More Than 150 Firefighters Extinguish Massive Blaze at Recycling Yard in Sun Valley

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Firefighters on Sunday evening extinguished a "major emergency fire" that had raged for more than two hours at a recycling yard in Sun Valley, burning several stacks of junked vehicles but leaving nearby structures unscathed, according to officials.

Smoke rises above a massive fire at recycling yard in Sun Valley on April 17, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Smoke rises above a massive fire at recycling yard in Sun Valley on April 17, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

More than 150 firefighters began responding shortly before 4 p.m. to the facility in the 9100 block of North Tujunga Avenue, where the fire was being fanned by 5-10 mph winds, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement.

No one was injured, according to the agency, and no structures were damaged by the flames.

About two hours after incident began, firefighters continued to use large hose-streams as they made headway against the blaze, LAFD spokesman Rick Scott said.

In addition to the wind, which made the firefighters' task "very challenging," they had to "negotiate a water-supply issue," LAFD Assistant Chief Gregory Reynar said. "If you're aware of auto dismantlers and junkyards, obviously they don't have a lot of hydrants many times. So we had bring in water from hydrants outside the property."

More than 150 firefighters responded to a massive blaze at a recycling yard in Sun Valley on April 17, 2016. (Credit: Harry Garvin/Los Angeles Fire Department)

More than 150 firefighters responded to a massive blaze at a recycling yard in Sun Valley on April 17, 2016. (Credit: Harry Garvin/Los Angeles Fire Department)

Photos and videos posted by witnesses on social media show a massive plume of thick black smoke rising above the San Fernando Valley.

The smoke "just blocked out the sun," photographer Nick Colbert said. "You couldn't see anything else."

Periscope: Firefighters Battle Raging Inferno at Sun Valley Recycling Yard

A Periscope video shows firefighters inside the recycling yard dousing water on the wind-swept inferno, fueled by what the LAFD described as "large piles of tightly stacked vehicles." Meanwhile, two of their colleagues use electric saws to cut through a nearby wall, presumably to improve access to the flames.

The fire was knocked down just before 6:30 p.m., the LAFD said. Firefighters were expected to remain at the scene overnight to ensure that "no significant flare-ups" occurred, Scott said.

The cause of the incident was not immediately known.

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