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Investigators search for cause of huge Central City fire

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Fire crews worked relentlessly all Thanksgiving day to put out a fire at Iowa Gold Distributing, an oil recycling business in Central City. The fire resulted in heavy black smoke that started to worry surrounding neighbors. 

Multiple agencies including the State Fire Marshall are now investigating what exactly sparked the fire. 

The fire started early Thursday morning and fire crews battled to put out the fire until dusk. One firefighter even being sent to the hospital from complications while battling the fire. 

Large flames and thick black smoke filled the air in Central City, seen from miles away. 

Neighbors nearby who witnessed the fire grew uneasy throughout the day. 

"The smoke was just billowing, I mean it was unreal," said Brenda Hagerman.

"The smoke got darker and darker and all of a sudden there was an explosion," said Julie Machacek.

Thick black smoke engulfed the area creating a safety concern for those who live nearby. One grandma of three made sure her grandchildren didn't go outside to play. 

 "No, because I didn't want them to run out in the street or inhale that black stuff...no," said Hagerman. 

Crews urged residents to stay indoors with their furnaces off for the majority of the day.

"They came knocking on the doors saying kinda keep your windows shut, shut stuff down, kind of just keeping an eye out," said Laura Mally.

The flames didn't let down, leaving neighbors wondering if that fire would spread out into their backyard. 

"And the flames were so high they were burning into the high wires," said Machacek.

Firefighters eventually contained the fire, but worked to clear out the debris making sure there were no areas where the fire would spark back up again. 

Neighbors nearby say their grateful for all twelve fire departments who poured in to battle the fire. 

"They took their entire Thanksgiving away from their family and their loved ones and helped out and it was nice to see," said Mally. 

Central City Firefighters, the Linn County Sheriff's office, as well as the State Fire Marshall will assist in the investigation. 

Fire crews say they will continue to monitor the area throughout the night to make sure the fire doesn't start again. 

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