Massive Fire At Plastic Recycling Facility Forces Thousands To Evacuate

  • A massive fire at a plastic recycling plant in Indiana led to the evacuation of around 2,000 people from the surrounding area while clouds of toxic smoke billowed into the sky on Tuesday.
  • Authorities ordered the evacuation of a portion of Richmond, Indiana, a city of about 35,000 located on the eastern edge of the state, after an industrial fire at a storage facility the mayor said was a known “fire hazard.”
  • “They were under a city order to clean up and remediate that site,” Mayor Dave Snow told the Associated Press. “We knew that was a fire hazard the way they were storing materials.”
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