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Blaze brought under control at recycling plant near Montana Vista: See photos, video, satellite image

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ABC-7 viewer/O. Marquez
A recycling plant fire burns in the Montana Vista area.
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Massive smoke can be seen rising from the scene of a recycling plant blaze.
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KVIA
A nearby crew of road workers watches heavy smoke rise form the scene of a recycling plant fire.
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An El Paso County Sheriff's deputy blocks off the road near a recycling plant fire.
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ABC-7 viewer/Terri Lynn
Smoke billows from a recycling plant fire.
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Fire crews douse smoldering debris with water at the scene of a recycling plant fire.
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Firefighters put out hot-spots and sift through debris at a recycling plant fire.
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ABC-7 viewer/Abe Gastello
Motorists can see dark black smoke rise from the scene of a recycling plant blaze.
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ABC-7 viewer/Abe Gastello
Heavy smoke can be seen for miles coming from the scene of a recycling plant blaze.

EL PASO, Texas -- A large fire burned for several hours Sunday at a recycling plant on the edge of east El Paso in the Montana Vista and Homestead Meadows South areas before firefighters from a half-dozen departments were finally able to bring it under control.

The blaze that broke out near Marvin Lane and Krag Street produced thick, heavy black and white smoke plumes that could not only be seen for miles - but was also visible on satellite imagery from outer space, according to the National Weather Service. (See animated image at the end of this article.)

Firefighters from six departments around El Paso County battled the blaze, including Montana Vista, Horizon City, Socorro, Clint, Fabens and West Valley. The El Paso Fire Dept. had also been on standby in case additional manpower was needed.

Fire officials said the blaze was under control as of 2 p.m. and fire crews were checking to ensure hot spots were put down.

There were no reports of of any injuries from the blaze. Firefighters couldn't immediately say what triggered the fire or provide a damage estimate.

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