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Firefighters "scaling back" at Sinclair fire

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- The Cedar Rapids Fire Department says they can now scale firefighting back efforts at the old Sinclair Meat Packing site.

A fire has been smoldering at the plant, located at 1600 3rd Street SE, for more than a week.

Firefighters say there is very little smoke coming from the debris piles and what buildings are left standing. 

They say three feet tall piles of corn were the source of much of the smoldering fire over the past 48 hours.

Demolition crews will continue to tear down the buildings as FEMA has agreed to help the city pay for that demolition.

Firefighters no longer have to apply as much water to the fire and say less equipment and personnel will be needed over the coming days.

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