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Extra-Alarm Fire Rages In Robbins Junkyard

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A fire broke out in a junkyard and spread through an adjoining field in Robbins overnight. (Credit: CBS)

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ROBBINS, Ill. (CBS) — A pile of tires caught fire in a junkyard in south suburban Robbins overnight, prompting 15 fire departments to report to the scene.

Firefighters battled thick clouds of smoke, and had difficulty putting out the second-alarm fire at 137th Street and Utica Avenue in Robbins.

By the time crews responded a few minutes before 10 p.m., the fire had already spread throughout an adjoining field measuring 300 feet long by 100 feet wide, Robbins fire Deputy Chief Nick Malley said.

Several hydrants at the scene were not working.

As many as 110 firefighters from throughout the south suburbs using several tanker trucks helped get the flames under control within two hours, Malley said. The blaze took another two hours to extinguish.

No one was hurt, and the cause of the fire remained under investigation early Tuesday.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.