Investigators on Tuesday were still trying to find out what started a salvage yard fire that burned for nearly 10 hours on Monday in Cahokia.
Cahokia Fire Chief David Everhart said the fire was under control by 9:30 p.m. Monday.
"The fire is out. We had it out by midnight," Everhart said.
The blaze was reported at 2:38 p.m. Monday at Marty's Used Car and Truck Parts, 2014 Camp Jackson Road. Safety concerns led emergency workers to close the Midwest Petroleum gas station across the street from the salvage yard.
Everhart said his firefighters and the 25 fire departments who came out to help fight the fire did an excellent job.
State investigators are still trying to determine the fire's cause, he said.
Initial reports indicated tires might be burning, but much of the blaze appeared to involve automotive plastics. Thick black smoke was visible for miles, and the fire was just off an Interstate 255 exit.
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