Crews battle fire at recycling yard in South LA

A fire ripped through a South Los Angeles recycling yard on Thursday, sending a column of back smoke soaring over the area as firefighters poured water on the flames.

#BREAKING: If you're seeing smoke in the South Los Angeles area, crews are battling a fire at a recycling yard. Here's what we know:

The fire was reported about 5:20 p.m. at 1981 W. Slauson Ave., Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Video from the scene showed flaming bundles and piles of refuse aflame as firefighters poured what Scott described as "large hose streams'' of water upon the blaze.

The Department of Water and Power was summoned to deal with downed power lines, Scott said.

About 50 firefighters responded and had the fire knocked down in 1 hour and 20 minutes, Scott said.

It was unclear if any structures were threatened, but no injuries were immediately reported.

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