Toxic Indiana Fire Will Spew Smoke, Soot, And Ash For Days; Officials Say

A fire at an industrial plant in Richmond, Indiana has forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 residents. The fire is expected to burn for several days.

The Wayne County Emergency Management Agency said that in a recent update, the fire would continue to burn and produce smoke, soot and ash for a few more days. The fire occurred at the former Hoffco plant, which is located about 70 miles east from Indianapolis near the Ohio border. Social media debris. Social media also circulated the images. In the Wayne County EMA alert, it was noted that respiratory problems, such as shortness of breathe, irritated or burning skin, and irritated or burning eyes, were the main concerns. (Zach Piatt/The Palladium-Item via AP) Smoke rises in Richmond, Indiana, from an industrial fire on 358 NW F Street. The Indiana State Fire Marshall said that the smoke at the scene was "definitely toxic." See attached map for evacuation zones.

The fire began in a tractor trailer parked at the scene and spread quickly. It is still unknown what caused the fire. Black smoke was blown across the border of Ohio by the wind from the west. Wayne County EMA stated that the investigation into the fire will take several weeks, and involve multiple agencies.