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Fire Erupts at Paper Recycling Firm in L.A.'s Industrial Eastside

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Los Angeles Firefighters inside burning paper recycling firm on October 5, 2017.
Firefighters advance hoselines into the smoke-charged interior of paper recycling firm in Los Angeles on October 5, 2017.
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LOS ANGELES
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One firefighter was injured, but as many as 50 workers escaped harm, when fire erupted among densely stored bales of recycled paper at an industrial site southwest of Boyle Heights early Thursday afternoon.
 
The Los Angeles Fire Department was notified at 1:18 PM on October 5, 2017 of a fire at 2474 Porter Street in the Industrial Eastside, where firefighters arrived quickly to find heavy flames throughout a one-story 14,000 square foot building that housed a paper recycling firm. 
 
Despite intense fire conditions and structural compromise forcing defensive operations, eighty-nine firefighters under the command of Assitant Chief Timothy Ernst confined fire to the premises of Angelus Western Paper Fibers, Inc., controlling the bulk of active flame in less than two hours.
 
At the culmination of the exhaustive battle, one Los Angeles Firefighter sustained a painful though non-life threatening back injury. After an on-site assessment, he was taken by LAFD ambulance to a local medical center for primary care.  
 
No other injuries were reported.
 
Firefighters remained at the site throughout the night and next day, to monitor the tons of smoldering debris, as they used forklifts, bulldozers and tracked loaders to overhaul the hundreds of tons of smoldering debris.
 
Monetary loss from the fire is still being tabulated. The cause of the greater alarm blaze remains under active investigation. 
 
Dispatched Units: E17 RA17 E9 T9 E209 RA809 E202 T2 BC1 BC11 E25 CM22 EM1 BC5 E10 T10 E210 E4 CM21 E21 E3 T3 E203 T11 T27 E227 RA209 BC9 PI2 EA1 HE1 TP1 TP3 LD1 LD2 SU1 HU59 RA804 E35 T63 E263 E15 E12 E64 T85 E285 DT2 T15 E215 T12 E212 E61 E63 BC5 E29 E5 BC1  
 
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