Firefighter Injured in Recycling Center Fire - NBC 7 San Diego

Firefighter Injured in Recycling Center Fire

One resident saw flames shooting high into the air and went to her neighbors to alert them.

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    Firefighter Injured in Recycling Center Fire

    A firefighter was injured in the battle against a blaze that ripped through a recycling center in Spring Valley. NBC 7's Chris Chan reports. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016)

    A fire burning at a recycling center in the Spring Valley area threatened nearby homes and prompted evacuations Tuesday.

    Flames sent thick smoke into the area over the paper recycling company located on Bancroft Drive, southeast of the State Route 125 and 94 interchange.

    Cal Fire crews were called just before 7 a.m. and said the fire was threatening surrounding homes.

    Elizabeth Nolasco saw flames shooting high into the air and went to her neighbors to alert them.

    Fire at Spring Valley Recycling Center Threatens Homes

    [DGO] Fire at Spring Valley Recycling Center Threatens Homes
    Raw news chopper video of a fire burning at a recycling center in Spring Valley Tuesday morning. The blaze threatened homes and prompted evacuations.
    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016)

    "Got out as soon as possible. We saw everybody else, started banging on their doors, 'Hey get up, there's a fire,'" Nolasco said. "Nobody was aware of it."

    San Diego County Sheriff's Department evacuated four homes.

    One firefighter was carried to an ambulance with injuries to his shoulder and leg. He was conscious but clearly in pain.

    Cal Fire used a bulldozer and hand crews to come in and break up bales of paper.

    Bancroft Drive was closed to traffic between SR-94 and Kenwood Drive, officials said.

    Firefighters believe it may be hours before the fire is extinguished.

    Fire Rips Through Recycling Center

    [DGO] Fire Rips Through Recycling Center
    Raw video from NBC 7 of a fire that ripped through a recycling center in Spring Valley on Aug. 2, 2016.
    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016)

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