Homes, vehicles destroyed after recycling center fire spreads

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MONTCLAIR, Calif. – An intense fire erupted at a commercial facility and threatened several homes in Montclair Monday afternoon, fire officials said.

The fire which broke out at a metal recycling center in the 4700 block of West State Street prompted a multi-agency response from firefighters, officials said.  The commercial facility is located in San Bernardino County, just east of Pomona.

Some firefighters were seen making their way through structures at the scene, while others doused the blaze with water from fire hoses and a water cannon mounted on a fire engine.

Two homes were destroyed and another damaged, officials on scene told KTLA.

By 6:30 p.m., fire crews were beginning to move debris aside to look for remaining hot spots, according to Kelly Donaldson of Rancho Cucamonga Fire Department, which was helping the Montclair Fire Department.

"Accessing the salvage yard itself was a little bit difficult, as well as determining what exactly was burning," Donaldson said. "We had a lot of obstacles facing us."

Evacuations were ordered near the location, according to the Montclair Police Department, which advised the public to avoid the area. Forty apartments, eight homes, a mobile home park and a motel were evacuated, Donaldson said.

"Quite a few folks were affected by it," she said.

One firefighter was treated for a minor injury, and one civilian was hospitalized for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the blaze was being investigated.