Fresno firefighters battle two-alarm blaze at recycling station

The Fresno BeeJune 12, 2014 

A two-alarm fire broke out around 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Cedar Avenue Recycling and Transfer Station at 3457 S. Cedar Ave. near Malaga, according to Battalion Chief Todd Tuggle of the Fresno Fire Department.

The cause of the outdoor fire is unknown and no injuries were reported. Multiple structures on the property were threatened, but none were damaged.

"Aggressive action on the part of the initial firefighters was able to stop the fire from getting to other structures," Tuggle said.

Richard Caglia, one of the company owners, said he expects to be open for business Friday. "Anyone in this business knows that the greatest threat is fire, but that is the nature of the business."

Employees of the recycling station worked with firefighters to excavate and remove debris from the fire.

Tuggle said that although arson is not a leading candidate as a cause of the fire, it's a possibility.

Firefighters will remain on scene overnight to fully extinguish the fire, assess the damage and investigate the cause.

The reporter can be reached at (55) 441-6659 or kelwood@fresnobee.com.

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