Evacuations have been called off in a Montclair neighborhood following a recycling facility fire being fully contained, fire spokesperson Kelley Donaldson told KPCC. Two homes were completely destroyed while another was damaged, and three detached garages were destroyed, Donaldson said.
The Montclair Police Department said several homes were threatened by the flames and asked the public to stay away from the area, evacuating eight houses, a motel, a mobile-home park and 40 apartment units, Donaldson said. Side streets were also closed.
Firefighters were set to stay for another couple of hours into Monday evening to make sure there weren't any remaining hot spots, Donaldson said.
The Montclair Fire Department was contacted about the fire fire at about 2 p.m, Donaldson said. It was at a salvage yard in the 4700 block of West State Street, close to the 10 Freeway. An hour later, the fire was upgraded to a three-alarm fire. Montclair Fire requested assistance from the Los Angeles County Fire Department at about 2:20 p.m., L.A. County Fire's Randall Wright told KPCC.
One civilian suffered smoke inhalation, Upland/Montclair fire marshal Chris Hayes told the L.A. News Group. That civilian was treated and transported to a local hospital, Donaldson said. There were a total of 27 fire engines and four trucks on the scene, with resources from throughout San Bernardino and L.A. counties, Hayes said.
The area was a densely built-up area, Donaldson said, with industrial, business and residential properties all in a small area.
Fire investigators had not yet been able to go into the property as of late Monday afternoon, Donaldson said.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Kelley Donaldson's name. KPCC regrets the error.
This story has been updated.