A fire at a recycling center caused a large plume of black smoke, prompting firefighters to briefly issue a shelter-in-place warning for neighboring residents, a spokesman for the Santa Clara Fire Department said.
Just before 11:50 p.m., police received a 911 call about the fire at Lynx Recyclers at 1440 Norman Ave., Santa Clara Fire Department spokesman Dave Parker said.
The initial description of the fire was not very large, but when firefighters arrived they discovered a large plume of very black smoke, Parker said. A second-alarm was called at around noon.
Firefighters managed to keep the fire contained to the yard area, which was about 50 feet by 70 feet and filled with stacked bins, Parker said.
A shelter-in-place warning was issued to 30,000 nearby residents by 1 p.m., and it was lifted about a half hour later, Parker said. The fire was under control by just before 1 p.m.
Parker said that investigators are still working on determining the cause of the fire, and that there is no damage estimate yet.
There were no injuries reported.