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Neighbors in Frankfort want to see fires at an abandoned recycling facility stopped

A fire at an abandoned recycling plant in Frankfort is the second fire to happen in the past four years. People of the town are ready to see these fires put to an end.

Posted: Aug. 17, 2018 6:11 PM

Frankfort, IND. (WLFI) - A fire at an abandoned recycling plant in Frankfort is the second fire to happen in the past four years.

People of the town are ready to see these fires put to an end.

Frankfort Fire Department Chief John Kirby gave praise to his team of firefighters and the collaboration with police and the street department.

Even when they were alerted by a passerby that fire had reignited around 7:00 AM on Friday, they were able to contain it in under an hour.

While it is still unknown how the fire started, officials are very aware of the environmental impacts these fires have on health and the environment.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management was on the scene today, and the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to get involved as well.

According to the EPA, burning plastic creates dioxins. This chemical then settles on crops and can enter our waterways.

Officials have been working to stop these issues from becoming worse.

“Brought out about 30 sandbags because of the runoff water is a concern of getting somewhere it’s not supposed to be,” said Kirby.

This is not the first fire that has happened here, but neighbors are ready for it to be the last.

“The first fire, it all blew directly over our building,” said Quinn Hoesly, who works in operations at Bailey Trucking just up the road from the old recycling plant.

A nearly identical fire to the one that happened recently occured in April of 2014. Businesses in the area experienced the effects first hand.

“We had to wash our employees’ cars because they were covered in soot,” he said.

He said the fires cause a disturbance to their routine.

“They shut down that intersection there and it really backs things up for our operations,” he explained.

Officials made sure to alert schools and the Boys and Girls Club to keep children inside while the fire was being contained. We talked to the Boys and Girls Club, and they said they gave parents the option to shelter their kids there until it was safe. But most came and got them anyway.

Kirby says they are trying to make sure these fires are a thing of the past.

“We are working on getting the property cleaned up,” he said. “Hopefully this time we get it done so that this doesn’t happen again.”

Investigators are still looking into what started the fire. Kirby said they have posted no entry signs on the doors forbidding anyone from entering the building.

He asks that people comply with the requests of officials and stay away from the building.

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