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Eastern Japan scrap metal plant catches fire

Billows of black smoke rise into the air as a metalworking factory in eastern Japan goes up in flames. (Kyodo)

TSUKUBA, Japan (Kyodo) -- A scrap metal plant in eastern Japan went up in flames Wednesday, causing black smoke to billow into the air, firefighters said.

    An emergency call was made around 6 a.m. from the plant in Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture. No injuries have been reported.

    The plant specializes in dismantling discarded home appliances and other metal waste, police said. The fire started from a pile of microwaves and refrigerators on the plant's premises.

    The factory is located in an area surrounded by fields and small woods.

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