Indiana fire at recycling plant prompts evacuation of thousands
A massive blaze at a recycling plant in Richmond, Indiana has forced the evacuation of thousands of residents. The fire began on Monday afternoon and has been burning for over 24 hours, billowing toxic smoke into the air.
Officials say the plant, known for being a “fire hazard,” could burn for days. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Firefighters from several surrounding departments have been working to contain the blaze, but the intensity of the flames has made it difficult to get control of the situation. The smoke is so thick that it can be seen from miles away, and officials have warned residents to stay indoors and shut their windows.
As of Tuesday morning, more than 2,000 people have been evacuated from their homes. The American Red Cross has set up a shelter for those affected by the fire.
Local authorities have urged residents to stay away from the area until the fire is extinguished. The Richmond Fire Department has stated that they will continue to work around the clock to bring the fire under control.