No injuries reported in three-alarm fire at Muscatine Metals

A huge plume of smoke from the fire at Muscatine Metals on Dec. 16, 2021. [@CityOfMuscatine photo]

Crews from the Muscatine Fire Department, along with firefighters from Fruitland and Milton, spent more than seven hours on Thursday battling a fire at Muscatine Metals on Dick Drake Way.

Firefighters responded around 11 a.m. to a large pile of metal, mostly vehicles, that was on fire and began the battle to keep the blaze from spreading towards Musco Lighting.

The fire was contained in about 30 minutes, and declared under control at 3 p.m. Units remained on the scene until 6 p.m. to watch for hot spots.

Dick Drake Way was closed to traffic between U.S. 61 and Stewart Road through the afternoon.

The plume of thick, black smoke could be seen from several miles away, and was even picked up on weather radar.

No injuries were reported. Fire loss is unknown since scrapped vehicles were mostly involved. The cause remains under investigation but preliminary findings point to an accidental fire.