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No injuries in Illinois ammunition plant blaze

Published: Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 1:42 p.m. CDT
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(John Badman)
A firefighter is silhouetted by the flames that consumed a maintenance building early Sunday Feb. 9, 2014, at the Winchester Ammunition Plant in East Alton, Ill. The first of several high pressure steam pipes which burst in the intense heat, begins to spew, background. Despite the efforts of more than 25 firefighters from as many as seven local fire departments, the building was a total loss. The cause is under investigation. (AP Photo/The Telegraph,John Badman) T

EAST ALTON – Several fire departments responded when part of an ammunition plant went up in flames in southern Illinois.

No one was injured during the Sunday morning blaze at Winchester Ammunition Plant in East Alton.

Fire officials say the fire happened at a maintenance building. East Alton Fire Chief Randy Nelson says firefighters arrived to find "heavy smoke and fire." Nelson says the community isn't in any danger because the plant is in an isolated area.

As many as seven local fire departments were called to help put out the fire.

The cause is under investigation.

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