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Fire engulfs Blue Grass scrap metal recycling business

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A fire likely destroyed a scrap metal processing and recycling business in Blue Grass, Iowa, according to fire fighters on scene.

The fire was reported just after 9 a.m. Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Rich Metals Company, 322 West Mayne in Blue Grass.

Witnesses, including our crew traveling to the fire scene, reported being able to see the fire and smoke from Interstate 280, more than three miles away. Blue Grass fire fighters on scene say that most of the smoke was caused from tires that were burning inside of the machine shed.

When firefighters arrived, there was some initial concern that one person might still be inside the building.  Moments later, firefighters reportedly confirmed everyone was out of the building.

Firefighters from other departments, including Buffalo and Walcott, were sent to help fight the fire.

A spokesperson for the Davenport Community Schools district confirmed nearby Blue Grass Elementary school was evacuated as a precaution.  Students were being taken on buses to St. Andrew Catholic Church.  Parents were being notified of the move via the district's auto-dial messaging system.

The Blue Grass location is one of three operated by Rich Metals, which also has locations in Davenport and Muscatine.

No injuries were reported.