By Tuesday afternoon, more than 2,000 residents had been told to evacuate. Big fire It happened at a recycling plant in Indiana and sent black smoke into the sky.
The fire was started by City of RichmondAbout 70 miles east of Indianapolis and near the western border of Ohio.
Indiana State Police The fire in It was located at the former Hofco factory, which closed in 2009, he said.
Wayne County EMA Evacuation orders are in effect for residents and people within 0.5 miles of the fire, he said. Those outside the zone are advised to close windows and keep pets away.
Richmond Mayor Dave Snow described it as a “severe, large-scale fire.”
“Several units are in place,” Snow said. “Please avoid this area if possible as it is dangerous and let our first responders handle it.”
“The smoke is definitely toxic,” an Indiana state fire marshal said at the scene. According to Fox 59.
“This fire is going to burn for a few days,” he added.
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Bethesda Worship Center is providing temporary shelter for those displaced, and other agencies are trying to arrange hotel rooms if needed.
On Tuesday, Mayor Snow said fire officials had contained the fire on the northwest side of the city and were working to control the east side to prevent it from spreading.
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Other details were not immediately available.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.