Heavy black smoke fills air near downtown St. Louis after fire breaks out in Sauget

Published: Sep. 26, 2022 at 4:20 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 26, 2022 at 6:58 PM CDT
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SAUGET, Ill. (KMOV) – Heavy black smoke could be seen for miles near downtown St. Louis after a fire broke out at the former site of Big River Zinc in Sauget, Illinois.

Hazmat crews and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) were notified about the fire in the 2400 block of Mississippi Avenue, St. Clair County EMA says. Crews left the site around 6:30 p.m. Monday. As of Tuesday morning, there aren’t any air quality issues or any fatalities reported. The site of Big River Zinc is vacant therefore no evacuations were done, authorities say.

The smoke is being seen as far away as on the BJC Skycam Network’s Christian Hospital camera, which is located in north St. Louis County.