Recycling plant fire forces 2,000 people to evacuate

 April 12, 2023

A fire at an Indiana recycling plant forced over 2,000 people to evacuate, according to state police.

The fire occurred in Richmond, about 70 miles east of Indianapolis near the Ohio border.

The details

"Indiana State Police said the blaze was at the former Hoffco factory, which closed in 2009," Fox News reported.

"Wayne County EMA said the evacuation order applied to residents and persons within 0.5 miles of the fire. Those outside that zone were advised to keep windows closed and pets inside," it added.

Burning for days?

“The smoke is definitely toxic,” said Steve Jones, the Indiana State Fire Marshall on scene, according to FOX 59.

“This fire is going to burn for a few days,” Jones added.

The fire is contained, according to officials, CBS 4 reported.

“The fire was fully involved,” Richmond Fire Chief Tim Brown said in the report. “It was fully loaded with unknown types of plastics. Filled wall to wall.”

Massive fire area

The massive fire comes shortly after a train derailment in neighboring Ohio led to a massive toxic fire that became the focus of national news over concerns to local residents.

The latest fire at the recycling plant covers a massive area of over 175,000 square feet, leaving fire officials to deal with a giant cleanup as they seek to stop the fire.

No injuries were reported but the many evacuations could lead to legal claims in the days ahead against those responsible or the site's owners.

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