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Massive fire in Montana Vista forced families to evacuate.

Massive fire in Montana Vista forced families to evacuate.
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POSTED: Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 12:11pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 6:11am

UPDATE: 6:00 PM

It was a rude awakening for residents who live close to Chico's demolition recycling plant in Montana Vista. Several families were forced after a serious fire broke out early in the morning.

Deputies from the Sheriff's office confirmed there was nobody inside at the time when the fire started, and no injuries were reported. Fire crews from El Paso, Clint, Socorro and Montana Vista battled to contain the flames for more than 6 hours while the wind made it even harder

"Good thing that nobody was working yet so it was only the guy who takes care of the shop he was trying to open the doors and take out the vehicles but everything started exploding so I told him to leave everything," Montana Vista resident Adalberto Pong said.

"Numerous homes where evacuated in the surrounding area and for their own safety there's heavy smoke coming from this fire the cause again is unknown." Sheriff's Deputy Angelica Becerra said.

Montana Vista residents said incidents like this are dangerous because of the area's proximity to petroleum pipelines, propane reserves and gas stations.

"It took 30 minutes for the fire responders just to get here and as well as no water for this type of incident can you image 400 thousand gallons per tank and there's 12 that could be in fire or endangering people here," Montana Vista resident Omar Franco said.

Montana Vista's area County Commissioner Vince Perez sent a press statement saying

"Many first responders in El Paso County put their lives at risk this morning battling a very serious fire in Montana Vista, with propane on site and petroleum pipelines nearby, this situation could have been much worse." Perez wrote.

UPDATE: 12:10 p.m.

The situation is ongoing and fire crews are still on the scene.

County Commissioner Vince Perez has released a statement via his facebook page:

"Many first responders in El Paso County put their lives at risk this morning (and many are still doing so) battling a very serious fire in Montana Vista. With propane on site and petroleum pipelines nearby, this situation could have been much worse. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers today. After 3 1/2 hours, they're still working to put it out completely."


UPDATE: 11:21 a.m.

Firefighters on scene are having a difficult time containing the blaze due to the increase in wind-speeds in the area. We have a crew on the scene and we will be updating throughout the day as more information becomes available.

 


 

A large fire broke out at the Chico's Recycling plant in the Montana Vista area just after 8:30 a.m. Thursday off Rene Dr. and Laura Ln.

Fire crews are on the scene and are assessing the situation.


(Photo: NewsChannel 9 viewer)

 

Heavy smoke can be seen in the area so avoid, and the Horizon City Fire Department is advising people to avoid this area if possible.

Montana Vista Fire Department were the first to respond to the fire, and then requested assistance from the El Paso Fire Department. Four EPFD units are on the scene along with 11 firefighters.

A Newschannel 9 viewer sent us several photos from the scene which you can see here.

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