Shan Ha Tsuen in Yuen Long in the New Territories. Photo: Google Maps

Firefighters took four hours to put out a massive blaze that broke out in a recycling plant in Yuen Long in the New Territories on Wednesday.

The fire broke out at 5:20am in a plant at Shan Ha Tsuen in Yuen Long and fire chiefs upgraded their response to a no. 3 alarm an hour later, Oriental Daily reported. It said a huge plume of black smoke could be seen from miles away.

Nearby residents said the plant is a storage site for used plastic bottles plus papers collected from schools and housing estates.

Some 132 firemen were deployed and used four jets, three foam branches and mobilized five teams with breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire in four hours. No casualties were reported.

Police said the fire covered an area of about 40 meters square and officers had to evacuate people from three recycling plants nearby, Sing Tao Daily reported.

People living near the plant also left, as they feared that the black smoke may contain toxic materials hazardous to their health.