DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A fire is still burning in Richmond, Indiana hours after flames broke out at a plastic storage facility Tuesday afternoon.
Several Indiana residents were ordered to evacuate after the fire started.
Our partners at WXIN reported that warehouses for a former lawn mower manufacturer caught fire, sending both debris and storage items ablaze.
Firefighters, EMA and the Wayne County Health Department are currently on the scene.
According to the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency, residents within half a mile of 358 NW F Street were ordered to evacuate their homes due to the blaze.
The alert also recommended that residents downwind of the fire but outside this range shelter in place, keep doors and windows closed and turn off HVAC units. Residents are also encouraged to bring pets inside at this time.
Drone footage by Kevin Shook Global Media Enterprise shows a massive plume rising from the industrial site.
This plume is so massive, Meteorologist Jamie Jarosik said it is showing up on the weather radar similar to a raincloud.
That’s not rain on the radar, it’s actually picking up a large fire in Richmond, IN! pic.twitter.com/8mzbJI90B3— Jamie Jarosik (@JamieJarosik) April 11, 2023
The state fire marshal says as the winds shifts, they may need to modify the evacuation zones as this fire continues to burn.
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