LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Smoke continues to pour from the yard of the Republic Services Recycling Center in North Las Vegas as firefighters work to put out a blaze that sent black smoke billowing over the northeast valley Monday morning.
The large 2-alarm fire at the recycling center just north of Cheyenne Avenue at Commerce Street is still burning. About 60 firefighters have remained on the scene.
According to North Las Vegas Police Department firefighter Nino Galloway, the fire started from a “hot load” left at the recycling center.
“Hot load” refers to the contents of a garbage truck. “Sometimes things catch fire,” Galloway said.
“It could be anything. You could have … in recycling you might have some batteries in there that spark. You could have somebody that put a cigarette in there,” he said.
The fire, initially contained to the outside of the building, spread to the warehouse. Firefighters estimate that “several hundred” bales of cardboard and plastic are burning. The open-area warehouse is were recyclables are sorted when they come into the center.
The fire department provided video shown at the top of this story.
Firefighters on the active scene have not been able to go inside the center to assess the interior.
Galloway said firefighters will be on the scene “most of the day.”
The massive smoke cloud was visible in many areas of the valley. Viewers sent in their photos, see slideshow below.
No injuries were reported. Nearly 50 employees were working when the blaze started this morning.
This is a developing story, check back for updates.