- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Investigators say an explosion and fire at a recycling plant in Madison likely started from a compressed gas cylinder failure or unintentional release of compressed gas.

The explosion and fire at All Metals Recycling Wednesday afternoon started in a massive pile of cars and parts that stands about three stories tall. A crane was brought to the plant to pull out pieces of car parts so firefighters could access the hot spots. Firefighters spent the night at the scene to make sure the blaze didn’t flare up again.

Investigators are still working to identify the specific ignition source at the plant, which is about 2 miles south of the state Capitol. The fire department hasn’t ruled out heat from friction from a grapple crane as a possible cause.


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