Aurora firefighters battled a huge blaze Tuesday (July 9, 2019) in a one-story building in the 600 block of Spruce Street, an industrial area on the city’s near West Side.
According to an Aurora Fire Department news release, firefighters responded at around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and upon arrival found heavy smoke billowing from all sides of the one-story brick building that was the home of a scrap-metal recycling company.
Battalion Chief Jim Rhodes said a third alarm was requested “due to the rapid spread of fire throughout the front half of the building, bringing a total of 38 firefighters to the scene where an exterior defensive operation was established.”
The building was divided into three sections, and firefighters were able to contain the fire to the front section, which Rhodes said prevented a total loss of the entire structure.
As the fire progressed, the roof and an exterior wall collapsed.
Rhodes said there were no injuries to firefighters or civilians, and the fire is under investigation at this time.
The estimated total loss is $400,000.
SOURCE: Aurora Fire Department news release and Facebook posts