North Las Vegas recycling plant fire took four hours to bring under control

Firefighters battled a North Las Vegas recycling plant blaze for more than four hours before it was out early Thursday morning, according to fire officials.

Multiple callers reported seeing large plumes of smoke and flames shortly before midnight Wednesday. Firefighters traced the fire to Republic Services, 333 W. Gowan Road, near North Commerce Street, according to a news release.

More than 17 units from North Las Vegas, Clark County and Las Vegas fire departments were called to the accidental blaze, which originated on a truck, the North Las Vegas Fire Department said. The flames were contained and the final units were called back about 4:15 a.m.

There were no injuries and no immediate estimates on the damage, the release said. Heavy equipment had to be used to access the plant.

Crews responded to a fire at the same plant in May 2014. It required more than 100 firefighters to extinguish. That fire was caused by a mechanical accident.

Contact Ricardo Torres at and 702-383-0381. Find him on Twitter: @rickytwrites.

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