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Large flames and thick black smoke spilled out of a distributing plant in Linn County Thursday. The fire, sent one firefighter to the hospital with possible life-threatening injuries.

The Central City Fire Chief told people who live in town to shut their windows and shut off their furnaces. 

The fire happened at Iowa Gold Distributing, an oil recycling business in Central City

The building is still smoldering Thursday night, but fire fighters say it will probably continue to do so for the rest of the night because of the amount of oil that was inside.

Earlier in the day a fire ball filled the sky.

"It is an orange cloud of smoke, that's what it looks like and it comes up literally like a cloud and it just puts off a big array of heat," said Amy Fecht, Central City.

The fire caught the attention of many people on Thanksgiving morning. The thick black smoke was visible for miles.

"Multiple fire bombs were going off, there was black smoke and popping, yeah pretty scary," said Fecht.

The Central City Fire Chief said they are not sure what caused the fire, but they know oil was involved. At this point they are not sure what was in the smoke.

Hunter Wilson and his father used to work at Iowa Gold Distributing. Wilson says when he heard about the fire he had to come see it for himself

"It's sad, what can you do?" said Wilson. Watching the place he once worked burn he says, "It's kind of heart breaking, this is one of the more enjoyable places I've worked at."

People in the area say six to eight people worked in the building. The fire affected many people in the area and some people brought food for the firefighters who were on scene for hours

"It's Thanksgiving so they are missing time with their family and friends to be here to make sure our community and members are safe, so it's the least we can do," said Fecht. 

Twelve fire departments spent their Thanksgiving on scene, people in the area are thankful for all the responders.

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