Smoke from large fire seen across QC was pile of cars

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UPDATE: The Davenport Fire Department said in a news release Friday afternoon that firefighters responded to a large fire at a salvage yard at the 500 block of South Howell Street around 9:42 a.m.

Multiple Davenport Fire Department units responded to the large column of black smoke that was visible throughout the Quad Cities area.

When crews arrived they found a large pile of salvage cars and recycled material engulfed in flames, producing heavy black smoke.

Smoke entered a neighboring business to the north, causing temporary evacuation out of precaution.

Crews will remain on scene throughout the day to extinguish any remaining fire conditions as the salvage pile is separated by business owners.

No injuries were reported and no damage to neighboring buildings or exposures was reported.

Due to weather conditions, fire crews were regularly rotated to prevent heat-related illnesses.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

EARLIER UPDATE: A pile of cars caught on fire around 9:45. It is still burning as of 11 a.m.

EARLIER UPDATE: That smoke you’re seeing across the Quad Cities this morning is from a large fire at Midwest Recyclers on South Howell Street in Davenport.

Local 4 News is at the scene and will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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