Body found at Northwest Side scrap yard

CHICAGO —Police are investigating after a person was found dead at a Northwest Side scrap yard Monday.

Chicago fire officials were called to the scene, 1909 N. Clifton, at about 7:30 a.m. They say a man was found trapped underneath steel at General Iron Industries in the city's Ranch Triangle neighborhood.

There is a heavy police presence in the area, and part of the plant is completely blocked off. Police say they are considering this a crime scene.

Some plant employees tell WGN they are skeptical about what happened. They say they're unsure why someone would be inside the plant before it officially opened at 7 a.m.

Some of them believe the man was trying to steal some scrap, when it fell on him.

The man's name has not been released.

General Iron Industries has not commented.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.