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Residents south of Sinclair Plant fire now warned about smoke

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) – The fire at the old Sinclair Meatpacking facility in Cedar Rapids is still burning, but the amount of smoke pouring from the facility has been reduced by quite a bit.

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department says they have made significant progress in controlling the fire inside the 125,000 square feet of interconnected buildings located at 1600 3rd Street SE.

In fact, two of the buildings have been reduced to smoldering debris piles.

Fire crews have sprayed over two million gallons of water on the building and demolition crews have been busy tearing down the building to give firefighters access to it.

The building has been deemed unsafe for entry following the floods and another fire that happened back in July of this year.

As Cedar Rapids crews worked through the night, Hiawatha brought in their ladder truck to help out.

Crews from the fire department and the demolition company will continue to work through the weekend to get the fire put out.

The fire started early Tuesday morning and the fire department had originally planned to let the fire burn itself out.  That was until heavy smoke started pouring from the building causing health concerns around the area.

Wednesday and Thursday residents to the north and east were warned to limit exposure to the smoke.

Now that the winds have switched direction, residents to the south and east are being warned to limit their exposure to the smoke.

Anyone with questions about air quality can contact Linn County Public Health at (319) 892-6000 or view updates at www.cleanair.org.

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