Firefighters from three cities responded to a blaze Monday afternoon after bales of compressed recyclables caught fire at a South Bay landfill, sending out billows of dark smoke.
The fire was reported about 12:45 p.m. at the Newby Island Resource Recovery Park, 1601 Dixon Landing Road in Milpitas. The site is on
the border of San Jose, Fremont and Milpitas.
The three cities' fire departments responded with 11 engines and three fire trucks, equivalent to the response to a two-alarm fire, San Jose fire officials said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Crews earlier in the afternoon appeared to have contained the blaze, but officials said a water main broke, which then gave the fire time to reignite, sending more black smoke into the air just before 3 p.m.