Fire at Ontario recycling center sends up huge smoke cloud

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- Firefighters Friday battling a three-alarm massive fire at an Ontario recycling plant that sent a huge plume of black smoke into the air. Firefighters said pallet fires can be extremely hard to battle because the way pallets are constructed keep heat inside, making it nearly water-resistant.

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Smoke billows from a huge fire in Ontario on October 21, 2016. That is near the Ontario Airport.

There were no immediate reports of injuries. The large plumes of smoke could be seen in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

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Several hours after the fire broke out, the flames were contained to the recycling yard but the flames burned stubbornly, feeding on the densely-packed cardboard bundles and other items.

Firefighters doused the flames from multiple points outside the yard.

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