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Firefighters douse blaze at recycling plant

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- A close call for firefighters as crews rushed to an east Texas recycling plant that caught fire. Around 4:30 today, firefighters were called to the Southwest Plastics facility in the 34-hundred block of Estes parkway. Fire crews worked quickly to get equipment and water inside the Southwest plastics plant to get control of the blaze before it could get to tons of combustibles inside the facility.

"From past experience firefighters knew that from this type of process recycling plastics that the fire would grow and become a pretty involved fire pretty quickly," says Longview firefighter Johnny Zachary.

Two fires were found , one under an overhang and another in a dumpster.

"Soon as they arrived they started a quick fire attack which helped keep this fire from spreading to other parts of this processing plant, got water on the fire and kept it from becoming a greater loss," Zachary says.

A massive blaze nearly destroyed everything at the facility when it was located off Standard street in 2003, and another big blaze destroyed the office and materials in 2006.

"This has potential for a great loss with this type of material the wind and the other product in close proximity, this could have been much worse," says Zachary. The fire was put out within 30 minutes. No cause has been determined yet, but fire marshals will be back on the scene tomorrow.

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