A buildup of gas ignited and discharged through a smokestack at the Mapleton Caterpillar foundry Wednesday afternoon.
Caterpillar spokeswoman Lisa Miller said a small group of employees were evacuated, but the fire was contained and operations are continuing.
A Peoria County dispatcher said the call of the fire came in at 2:39 p.m. The Timber-Hollis, Logan-Trivoli, and Bartonville fire departments responded. An ambulance was called to the scene, but Miller said there were no injuries.
Our reporter on the scene saw emergency responders begin to leave the scene around 4 p.m. No smoke or flames were visible when the reporter arrived to the foundry.
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