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Fire rips through Sun Valley metal recycling yard

A fire broke out Saturday at a metal recycling yard in Sun Valley, the latest of many fires at metal operations in California.

The blaze started about 9:30 a.m. at the 12207 Branford Street facility, according to Los Angeles Fire Department records. No injuries were reported, and 72 firefighters contained the blaze in about 40 minutes, although the junked vehicles continued to smolder.

A Times investigation this year focused on fires and explosions at metal recycling facilities and examined how the industry's rapid growth had outstripped regulatory oversight.

It was unclear what led to Saturday's fire; the cause remained under investigation.

ALSO:

Recycling firms pose danger, but oversight is lax

California to launch task force on scrap metal recycling problems

Firefighters battle stubborn scrap metal fire on San Fernando Road

-- Jessica Garrison 

 
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