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Area fire departments battle salvage yard blaze in Cahokia

By on April 8, 2013 at 5:37 pm
This aerial image supplied from FOX2 News shows firemen battling a blaze at a salvage yard at 2014 Camp Jackson Road in Cahokia on Monday afternoon.

This aerial image supplied by FOX2 News shows firemen battling a blaze at a salvage yard at 2014 Camp Jackson Road in Cahokia on Monday afternoon. (courtesy FOX 2)

Multiple area fire departments, including Columbia, Millstadt, Dupo and Waterloo, responded to a fire in the salvage yard outside Marty’s Used Car & Truck Parts at 2014 Camp Jackson Road in Cahokia on Monday afternoon.

Thick black smoke could be seen billowing throughout the area beginning around 2:40 p.m.

The incident was initially called in as a brush fire, but aerial images from the scene seem to indicate metal and plastic items caught fire in the yard.

A cause of the fire has not yet been determined. 

A hazardous materials unit was dispatched to the scene shortly before 6 p.m.



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Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.