A two-alarm fire tore through bales of material Friday afternoon at a recycling yard in Pomona, forcing crews to battle the flames from a defensive position.
The fire at Master Recycling Inc. at 1980 S. Reservoir St. was reported at 3:26 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The yard was “well involved” in fire as crews surrounded the premises and poured water on the flames, a dispatcher said.
A thick plume of dark smoke towered above the approximately acre-sized property soon after the fire broke out.
The fire extended from the facility’s back lot into a structure “where sprinklers activated and helped to keep the flames in check,” according to a fire department statement.
More than 80 firefighters responded and knockdown was called at 5:21 p.m., officials said.
A dispatcher was unable to confirm a report from the scene that a firefighter had suffered a knee injury battling the blaze.
Reservoir Road was temporarily closed from Lexington Avenue to Philadelphia Street.
Crews engaged in heavy mop-up operations after the fire was knocked down.