Firefighters douse scrapyard fire after hours long battle

August 6, 2018

Daily Journal staff report

BRADLEY — Firefighters battled a fire at Belson Steel Center Scrap Inc. Saturday after a fire started after an explosion in a scrap pile.

In an interview today, Bradley Fire Chief James Travis said firefighters were told employees were taking cars apart, which included the removal of a fuel tank.

“There was an arc, which ignited the tank and then ignited the scrap pile,” he said. “We were there 3½ to four hours. It took time to get it under control and get the hotspots out.”

The fire started a little after 10 a.m. at the plant at Illinois Route 50 and Larry Power Road.

A person near Northfield Square mall said they saw black smoke and walked over to the Pier One area and saw a big pile of materials on fire. A crane was being used to take down the pile as firefighters worked dousing hot spots.

There were no reported injuries.

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