Indiana Plastics Fire Extinguished, But Residents’ Health Concerns Remain

"After firefighters spent two days battling an inferno fueled by plastics in eastern Indiana, the fire has been fully extinguished, officials said.

“We’re now able to turn our attention to collecting air and water samples to determine when the evacuation order can be lifted,” Richmond Mayor Dave Smith told CNN Thursday night.

But the blaze at a Richmond recycling plant reignited old frustrations over safety hazards at the facility and sparked new fears among residents about the future of their health.

About 2,000 people living within a half-mile radius of the plant were still under evacuation orders Thursday, two days after the fire started. And for the second straight day, Richmond public schools were closed."

Holly Yan, Elizabeth Wolfe, Paul P. Murphy, and Caroll Alvarado report for CNN April 13, 2023.


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Source: CNN, 04/14/2023