Scrap yard warehouse destroyed in Lafayette County fire

Fire is at First Capitol Salvage facility in Belmont; no injuries reported

Hours after a fire was reported at a fire at a salvage yard in Lafayette County Thursday, smoke could still be seen coming from a building on the property.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department said it is believed that something caught fire at First Capitol Salvage in the 400 block of Union Street in Belmont. The fire was reported just after 9:30 a.m. Thursday. First Capitol Salvage is a scrap metal company.

Six hours later, smoke could still be seen billowing out of a warehouse on the property. A company representative said the 20,000-square-foot building was a total loss. The fire was under control at about 4:20 p.m.

First Capitol Salvage owner Fred Runde said in a statement through his insurance company that all six of his employees who were on site when the fire started were accounted for and uninjured.

According to a release from the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office, as crews were responding to the scene it was reported that there was fuel inside the building.

Firefighters from Belmont, Darlington, Shullsburg and Platteville responded.

Officials said there were no injuries reported, although Belmont EMS was at the scene as a precaution. No roads were closed due to the fire.

According to the release, the cause of the fire is not suspicious.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office and Belmont police said the Quality Inn & Suites on West Mound View Avenue offered its convention center to people living in the area who may need to leave their home due to the smoke caused by the fire. Officials didn’t force an evacuation, instead they advised residents to use their discretion.

Police said if any Belmont residents need assistance because of health reasons or lack of transportation, they can call the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office 608-776-4870.

Runde said in a statement that it would cooperate with authorities on investigating the cause of the fire “and take necessary steps to continue serving the community.” Runde also thanked first responders for their help in fighting the fire.