The Indianapolis Star is reporting a huge fire near downtown Indy could burn until Monday.
A sunny Saturday skyline in Downtown Indianapolis was darkened by a constant drift of huge balls of black smoke, visible from miles away, as a large recycling facility burned most of the afternoon.
No workers were inside at the time of the blaze, but the flames were fed non-stop by more than 85,000 square feet of tires and 60,000 square feet of wooden palettes.
Late Saturday afternoon, officials said the fire might burn until Monday.
There were no major injuries, although one firefighter suffered a minor injury while fighting the fire. Trains on nearby CSX lines were halted around 1:40 p.m.
“This is a very dangerous situation,” said IMPD spokesman Christopher Wilburn. “Dangerous to breath the smoke and dangerous because we don’t know what the fire is going to do.”
One third of the roof of warehouse had collapsed by late afternoon.
The blaze at the 440,000 square-foot Nationwide Recycling facility on the Near Westside, broke out shortly after 1 p.m., just west of Downtown.
The fire grew so big and so bad, that the city’s Emergency Response Team was activated to help deal the consequences, including the evacuation of nearby homes.
All over the city and even into the suburbs, people stopped and watched the smoke that seemed to never stop billowing. Social media quickly erupted with bulletins from news crews and Twitter photos from eyewitnesses as close as Monument Circle and from as far away as Carmel and Avon.
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