A significant industrial fire at the Interco recycling facility in Madison, Illinois, is still being battled by numerous fire agencies from the Metro East, St. Louis, and St. Louis County. Smoke could be seen for miles on both sides of the river after the fire broke out late this morning at the factory on Fox Avenue.
In Madison, Illinois, close to the World Wide Technology Raceway, the Interco Warehouse is on fire.
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On Wednesday morning, a warehouse in Madison is the source of the black smoke pouring from the Metro East.
Mayor of Madison John W. Hamm III advised people to shelter in place or remain inside for a half-mile radius. On Wednesday, miles of smoke could be seen.
As personnel battle the big fire, huge plumes of smoke can be seen rising into the sky. As of 11 a.m., the Madison Illinois Police Department is requesting that everyone remain indoors.
At around 10:30 on Wednesday morning, a fire broke out at Interco, a recycler of metaltronics. Currently, it is uncertain what caused the fire to start. The address of Interco is 10 Fox Industrial Drive.
What happened exactly?
Just before 11:30 a.m., a 5 On Your Side crew arrived on the scene and recorded the massive clouds of black smoke and flames rising from the buildings. On his way to the scene, a photojournalist with 5 On Your Side reported hearing booms.
To inform the public, officials organised a news conference on Wednesday afternoon.
According to officials, an industrial worker who had burns was rushed to the hospital. The situation of the employee is yet unknown.
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To put out the fire, several fire agencies from Metro East and the St. Louis region are cooperating.
The same facility experienced a three-alarm fire two years prior. Homes in the neighbourhood were evacuated as a result of the fire.
Up to 5,000 feet high smoke at Metro East recycling center
According to FOX2’s radar estimates, a radar beam ascended to a height of around 3,500 feet before midday. This smoke cloud is at “heavy” levels and may rise to a height of 5,000 feet.
Smoke plume from fire in Madison, IL is showing up on radar pic.twitter.com/5s2xKzGB6U— Steve Templeton (@SteveTempleton) August 10, 2022
He’s heard no reports of injuries. He said authorities don’t know yet what sparked the fireHamm
Long smoke drifts are possible, and the plume may spread toward downtown St. Louis to the north and northeast. Additionally, East St. Louis, National City, and Brooklyn might be impacted.
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