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    Massive Industrial Fire Spews Toxic Smoke Into Sky, Thousands of Residents Evacuated

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    Tuesday, some residents of Richmond, Indiana, were forced to evacuate their residences to avoid inhaling “certainly toxic” smoke as a result of a fire in an industrial facility.

    WXIN reported that Richmond’s mayor, Dave Snow, stated that the fire broke out in a building that once produced lawnmowers but is now used to store plastics and other recyclable materials.

    Within half a mile of the facility, residents were urged to evacuate to sanctuaries staffed by the Red Cross and other volunteers at Bethesda Ministries or Oak Park Pentecostal Church.

    The fire was anticipated to last “a few days,” Indiana State Fire Marshal Steve Jones stated at the scene.

    The proprietor of the facility had previously been cited for the unsafe storage of plastics at the location, according to Tim Brown, the fire chief of Richmond.

    “He has been warned several times,” Brown said. “I don’t know when exactly that was, but we were aware of the situation we were dealing with.”

    “It is very frustrating for all of us,” he added. “The battalion chief on today was very frustrated when he pulled up because we knew it wasn’t a matter of if, it was a matter of when this was going to happen.”

    The 175,000-square-foot facility was characterized as “massive” and “filled wall-to-wall with unknown types of plastics.”

    More on this story via The Western Journal:

    “The smoke is definitely toxic,” Jones, the fire marshal, told WXIN. “This fire is going to burn for a few days.”CONTINUE READING…

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