Fire marshal: Cause of fire at Del’s Metal Co. in Rock Island appears to be ‘spontaneous combustion’

Published: Nov. 12, 2020 at 8:25 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 12, 2020 at 10:09 AM CST
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ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) - Smoke could be seen across the Quad Cities Thursday morning from a fire that started at Del’s Metal Co. in Rock Island.

The fire started before 7:45 a.m. Thursday at the scrap metal facility located at 18th Avenue and Highway 92.

According to the Rock Island Fire Marshal Greg Marty, the fire started in a pile of scrap and happened just as the business was getting ready to open. No customers were on site and no one was hurt, he said.

While the fire was extinguished, Marty said he expects possible hot spots over the never several days. The fire department will keep an eye on it, he added.

Marty said the cause of the fire appears to be spontaneous combustion. Security video shows there was no activity and no one around when the fire started.

The Rock Island Arsenal Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Some traffic was impacted as crews worked.

As of about 9:45 a.m., some people in Davenport said they could see a haze in the air and smell smoke.

Watch our Facebook live of the scene below:

Fire at Dels in Rock Island

Posted by KWQC TV6 News on Thursday, November 12, 2020

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