A large fire broke out Tuesday morning at an Indiana recycling party in Richmond, eastern Indiana. Officials said the fire, which has already released dangerous amounts of toxic smoke and chemicals, could burn for days.
2,000 people, most of them local residents, were evacuated from the area. An evacuation order was issued immediately when a fire broke out for local residents living within half a mile of the plant. Schools in the area were also immediately and temporarily closed, with classes cancelled for the next few days.
As seen in several videos that have surfaced online, huge amounts of dense black smoke can be seen rising from a factory that Indiana Fire Chief Steve Jones described as “definitely toxic.”
There are various chemicals that plastic releases when burned, which is a concern and we want to give people information about evacuation,” Jones detailed Tuesday night after the fire started. The shooting has been fighting fires since its inception, but due to its large size, it has struggled to control the fire. “There is a considerable difficulty because we only have access to one side of the building,” explained the fire chief.
There are various chemicals that plastic releases when it is burned, which is a concern and we want to warn people about evacuating.