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General Iron — a long-running metal scrap yard that is facing growing backlashfrom community leaders, including local aldermen — was shut down by the city this week.

The metal scrap yard and wholesaler, 1909 N. Clifton Ave., is closed after failing a building inspection Monday, according to city records.

The city’s department of buildings found a total of 28 violations, ranging from a failure to perform repairs to reduce sound and accumulation of debris to combustible and flammable liquids not being stored in the proper storage room, records show.

The department issued an “emergency vacate” notice to the facility Wednesday, according to Mimi Simon, spokeswoman for the department of buildings.

It comes after Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) and Ald. Michele Smith (43rd) called for the facility’s closure in December following an extra-alarm fire that threw huge plumes of smoke into the air visible from miles away.

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