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Firefighters battled large junkyard blaze for hours

One firefighter was injured battling a large outdoor fire into early Monday morning in a junkyard near Clinton Street on the city’s East Side, officials said.

Buffalo firefighters were called about 8:10 p.m. Sunday to the vicinity of Metcalfe and Fleming streets for a report of a fire at the Max Brock recycling center.

Fire was found in an area of debris measuring 50-feet by 100-feet, according to radio transmissions. A second alarm was called about an hour into the incident. At least eight fire engines were called to the scene where firefighters were hindered by low water pressure for some hoses.

The nature of the firefighter’s injuries and the firefighter’s condition were not available early Monday morning.

Rubbish, a tractor trailer and a Dumpster also caught fire in the blaze, which is between Chemical Distributors Inc. and a railroad corridor carrying Amtrak and freight trains. CSX was alerted to the fire and was asked to halt trains on those tracks. Roads in the vicinity were also shut down by police.

Firefighters worked to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading to the chemical warehouse. The department’s hazardous materials team was also on scene monitoring the air.

By 10:40 p.m. fire officials reported one area of the blaze under control, though two other areas were not yet under control.

Crews had picked up from the scene at about 4:30 a.m.

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