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Investigation continues into fire and explosions near Mitchell Airport

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee fire and police officials are trying to determine what triggered a blaze and a series of explosions at an auto salvage yard near Mitchell Airport.  

Firefighters were first told that a gas leak occurred at Roz Auto Salvage, about two miles southwest of the state's largest airport.  

No one was hurt, as workers managed to escape a burning structure where engine motors and transmissions were stored. The building's roof collapsed.  

Nearby residents were evacuated for three hours. The airport's operations were not affected.  

It took almost an hour and a half to get the fire under control. Milwaukee assistant fire chief Dan Lipski said heat from the fire ignited several cars in the parking lot and caused their tires to explode.

The early word was that seven propane tanks outside the building blew up. Lipski said the sounds of the blasts might have been caused by portable propane tanks, or vehicle gas tanks and tires.  

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)