Belson Steel fire

Belson Steel fire

Firefighters battled with a fire at Belson Steel Saturday morning.

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

Local departments were called to the plant at Illinois Route 50 and Larry Power Road a little after 10 a.m., according to an official.

A person near Northfield Square mall said they saw black smoke and walked over to 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.

In an interview Monday, Bradley Fire Chief James Travis said firefighters were told that 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 3 1/2 to four hours. It took time to get it under control and get the hotspots out."

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