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Huge plumes of smoke from a recycling plant billowed across the city

Firefighters attempted on Wednesday to contain a large fire at an industrial site in Brisbane.

The blaze was near the Australian city's port.

Huge plumes of smoke from a recycling plant billowed across the city.

More than a dozen firefighters and paramedics were at the scene and police cordoned off the area.

Residents were encouraged to close their windows and remain indoors after authorities issued a smoke warning.

Crews spent hours tackling the blaze that they said would take days to battle, Australian local media reported.