This from Andy Hilk:

There is a story in the Naperville Sun regarding a small fire in Naperville yesterday.  The Aurora FD airboat was used to help clear the smoke.  With both Naperville and Aurora on the private Harris radio system it is difficult for those with scanners and cameras to respond.  Our Union website has a twitter feed that does tweet pretty quickly when an incident is going on.  Just FYI that website is

The Naperville Sun reports that:

Well-trained company workers and professionally-trained firefighters joined forces Wednesday afternoon to quickly contain a fire that erupted inside the Promet Processing Corp. plant at 951 Frontenac Road on Naperville’s far northwest side.

No one was injured in the blaze, which generated a significant amount of smoke but was confined to a machine pit, Naperville Fire Department Division Chief Mark Ziemnik said at the scene. He estimated the total damage at $25,000.

Firefighters about 2:59 p.m. answered a 911 call concerning a blaze in a pit containing aluminum shavings, carpeting remnants and other debris, Ziemnik said. A total of 25 firefighters, three engines, two trucks, two ambulances and four other vehicles and pieces of apparatus were sent to the area.

The first of the firefighters arrived within seven minutes and found “black smoke coming from the front” of the plant, Ziemnik said.

A manager told them “repair work was being conducted on machinery above a 25-to-30-foot deep pit that contained aluminum and other combustible materials,” Ziemnik said. “Some of the sparks and melted aluminum dropped into the pit,” which Ziemnik said was 8 to 10 inches deep in debris.

The complete article with photos can be found HERE.

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