Fire at Spring Valley, Calif., recycling center injures firefighter, damages home

SPRING VALLEY, Calif., Aug. 2 (UPI) — At least one firefighter was injured and a home was damaged Tuesday after a fire at a recycling center in California’s village of Spring Valley.

Cal Fire crews arrived shortly before 7 a.m. to the paper recycling plant to combat the flames that threatened nearby homes. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department evacuated some nearby residents.

Firefighters who first arrived estimated that about half an acre of cardboard was burning. Most of the fire was under control within 15 minutes but officials said it could take hours to douse smoldering debris. One firefighter was taken to a nearby hospital after fracturing his left shoulder and leg.

Cal Fire Capt. Isaac Sanchez told The San Diego Union-Tribune he did not know the extent of the damage to the nearby residence, which is described as a duplex. An investigation into the cause of the fire has been launched.

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