Crews still monitoring smoldering fire

Published 06/20 2013 04:14PM

Updated 06/20 2013 06:12PM

HOOPESTON -- Crews are still working to extinguish a fire which started nearly 36-hours ago. It destroyed J & R Used Tire Services. The fire started when a spark ignited dust on a conveyor belt. Thursday evening, it's still burning. WCIA-3's Erica Quednau has more.

The good news is things are calming down. There's considerably less smoke and it's not as black. That means the air quality is getting better, but the fire continues burning.

That's why crews had excavators out at the scene. They're moving rubber and metal around trying to contain what's still burning. On top of that, crews are trying to put out hot spots.

Many who've been there for 20+ hours straight say they're making sure to take turns working and sleeping when they can. They're are also getting lots of support from the community.

Some of the volunteers haven't even been to sleep since the fire started. They're feeding firefighters from more than 20-different departments coming from all over Central Illinois. They're help is crucial because the building was so big. To give you an idea, the recycling plant took up three city blocks before it was reduced to rubble and soot.

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