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Possible ‘toxic fumes’ over Dos Palos as recycling plant burns

A large fire burns Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 at Pacific Coast Recycling in Dos Palos.
A large fire burns Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 at Pacific Coast Recycling in Dos Palos. glieb@losbanosenterprise.com

Possible “toxic fumes” were blowing over the skies of Dos Palos on Tuesday night as a large fire at recycling center continues to burn out of control, authorities said.

The fire at the Pacific Coast Recycling Center on Almond Street shot flames 15 to 20 feet into the air and heavy, black smoke is moving across South Dos Palos, officials said.

“We have about 150 tons of recyclable materials burning including an unknown substance in the air that (environmental health officials) are very concerned about,” Police Chief Barry Mann said. “We are asking people to shelter in their place for now, there’s a lot of bad stuff in the air.”

Officials from the the county’s Environmental Health division were on scene, police said.

Mann said there have been no injuries reported.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

An official said the fire was expected to burn for several hours.

Dos Palos fire officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Dozens of firefighters were on scene from Dos Palos, Calfire and Merced County. Law enforcement officials from Dos Palos and Merced County were also on scene, an official said.

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