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Massive Fire Breaks Out At South Bay Recycling Center

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A fire classified as a "major emergency" broke out Saturday morning at a recycling center in Harbor Gateway. KTLA reports 160 firefighters were on the scene to fight the blaze near the 20800 block of South Denker Avenue, which is about two miles southwest of the 405 and 110 freeway interchange. The fire sent up huge plumes of smoke, which could be seen from spots in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Here's a view of the fire as seen from the pier in Seal Beach:

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L.A. Fire Dept. spokeswoman Margaret Stewart told CBS L.A. that while it was not clear at the time what was fueling the enormous flames, but that smoke's color suggested that synthetic materials were burning. The structure next to the recycling yard was also threatened by the flames, officials said.

The LAFD said in a statement that the fire was contained at about 1:50 p.m., but it wasn't an "official knockdown," which means the LAFD will remain on scene ensuring the fire is completely extinguished. Dozens of firefighters must deal with disposing of the smoldering piles of materials left in the blaze's wake.

According to a county fire dispatcher, firefighters were sent from all over: the LAFD was joined by battalions from Torrance, five engine companies from L.A. County, along with two additional trucks and two battalion chiefs. CBS reports a tractor was also sent to help plow through the debris.

No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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