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UPDATE: Plumes of smoke seen for miles in Cedar Rapids fire

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Emergency crews are on the scene of a large fire at Alter Metals Recycling.

Plumes of smoke can be seen for several miles. Fire officials say a pile of appliances and used cars about 50 yards wide and 25 feet tall caught on fire before 10 a.m. Friday morning.

The fire spread from the center of the pile to the edges, but fire officials say it has been contained and no nearby structures are in danger. None of the nearby businesses were evacuated.

Fire crews are using an aerial ladder and several hoses on the ground to put out the fire. They will be on the scene for several hours, working with company employees to flatten the pile and extinguish all of the hot spots.

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department says the air is being monitored by Linn County Public Health has been notified.

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