The Lopez Canyon Landfill. Courtesy City of Los Angeles

A controversial methane-producing dump and recycling facility in Sylmar has been damaged in a fire, authorities said.

The fire at the Lopez Canyon Landfill, 11950 Lopez Canyon Road, was reported at 11:03 p.m. Saturday, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

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It took firefighters just over an hour to put out the fire, which engulfed the contents and machinery of a large mulch recycling hopper at the facility, Humphrey said.

No injuries were reported.

The landfill had been closed in 1996 to dumping operations, but the city of Los Angeles converted the methane gas generated by 20 years of trash dumping into methane gas-produced energy.

Nevertheless, there have been calls over the years to close the activities of the facility.

The cause and the amount of damage remain under investigation.

–City News Service

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