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A large fire was reported around 8 p.m. Friday at the Beck Aluminum plant near 23rd and Racine streets.

Scanner reports from our friends at Racine Uncovered indicate a 30-foot trailer filled with wooden pallets was the primary location of the fire. An officer from the City of Racine first reported the fire, and crews from South Shore Fire Department responded shortly thereafter, including off-duty personnel.

Roads around the plant – including Highways 11 and 32, 23rd and Racine Streets – remain closed to traffic, and residents are reporting heavy smoke.

A former employee commented on the Racine County Eye Facebook page that Beck runs a 24/7 operation, but workers were not in any danger because the trailer is not located near the primary building.

It appears the fire is away from the main buildings, so there should be little risk to employees,” Justin Hankins wrote. “If the trailer would have been docked at the main building, then yes, employees could potentially be at risk.” 

We will update this story as details become available.