A building run by a scrap metal recycling company saw extensive damage in Aurora, following a structure fire on Tuesday afternoon.

Aurora Fire officials say that around 4:30 p.m., fire crews responded to a structure fire in the 600 block of Spruce Street on the near West Side of the city. Upon arrival firefighters found a one-story brick building with heavy smoke showing from all sides.

Due to the rapid spread of fire throughout the front half of the building, a 3rd Alarm was requested bringing a total of 38 firefighters to the scene where officials say an exterior defensive operation was established.

The building was divided into three sections and firefighters were able to contain the fire to the front section. Officials say it prevented a total loss of the entire structure.

As the fire progressed, officials say the roof and an exterior wall collapsed. There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians and the fire is under investigation at this time.  

The estimated total dollar loss is $400,000.

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