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Neighbors in Montana Vista concerned despite fire being put out

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- Efforts to put down the fire that engulfed a metal recycling plant at Montana Vista on Tuesday concluded today as firefighters were seen on scene checking for all the hot spots.

Roger Esparza, Fire Chief for El Paso County Emergency Services District #2, says the cause of the fire is still under investigation but El Paso Fire Department is finding out that plastics and all sorts of different materials were being stored at the location.

ABC-7 spoke with residents in the area who expressed concerns for their health as they say this is not the first time the recycling plant has caught on fire.

"There's a lot of residential areas here, a lot of houses, and it's even more dangerous for them to have this here." Said Jose Alvarado, a resident near the area.

Other residents who decided not to relocate for the night experienced a scary surprise as smoke entered their home.

Claudia Carreon, a resident in the area said, "I started smelling the smoke and when I turned the lights on the house was filled with smoke. It was coming in through the ducts and so I had to cover them. We were scared because the kids were sleeping and if we had not realized this we would have inhaled all the smoke."

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