A two-alarm fire that broke out early Wednesday at a Lodi plastic plant was extinguished in less than five hours.
The incident at the Epic Plastics recycling facility on North Stockton Street and East Turner Road began just before 3:54 a.m., according to Lodi Fire Chief Larry Rooney.
“They had large recycling bales on fire,” he said. “When we got there, the flames were about 80 feet in the air.”
The department deployed all of the city’s six engines and two trucks. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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Rooney said the storage bales consisted of plastic bottles, which are used by Epic to manufacture landscape edging. The fire prompted the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to issue an air quality warning for residents.
The fire was extinguished by about 8:30 a.m.