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Ontario firefighters battle recycling center fire

Ontario firefighters battle recycling center fire
Thick black smoke fills the air Tuesday as Ontario firefighters try to put out a stubborn fire at a recycling plant on East State Street in Ontario, Calif. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Ontario firefighters worked Tuesday afternoon to extinguish a blaze at a recycling plant west of Ontario International Airport.

Thick black smoke from the fire on East State Street produced a sizable plume about two miles south of the 10 Freeway but didn’t affect airport operations.

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The entire recycling yard seemed engulfed as pallets and plastic melted in the large flames. Firefighters had to repeatedly change their oxygen tanks.

By 6 p.m., firefighters had made significant progress, with photos on social media showing crews sending water onto piles of melted rubble, according to the city’s Twitter account.

Residents were asked to avoid the area.

An Ontario firefighter battles huge flames and black smoke while trying to put out a stubborn fire at a recycling plant on East State Street in Ontario.
An Ontario firefighter battles huge flames and black smoke while trying to put out a stubborn fire at a recycling plant on East State Street in Ontario. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
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