Investigators release findings on cause of Frankfort recycling plant fire

Officials released a statement Thursday on the investigation into the cause of the Werner & Son, Inc.

Posted: Sep 5, 2019 4:50 PM
Updated: Sep 5, 2019 4:52 PM

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) — Officials released a statement Thursday on the investigation into the cause of the Werner & Son, Inc. According to a press release, the cause of the fire has been ruled undetermined. The statement said the fire was reviewed and investigated by three insurance adjusters, two electrical engineers, and two Frankfort Fire Investigators. Investigators were able to confirm that the fire started on the northeast side of the plant but could not determine the exact cause.

Lead Investigator Dustin Phillips commented on the ruling saying, “Fire suppression tactics necessary to extinguish the fire complicated our investigation. Excavators were brought in to clear the debris so that hot spots could be extinguished. The rearrangement of machinery and debris reduced our ability to identify the exact cause of the fire leading us to rule the fire undetermined.”

The large fire started around 4:30 a.m. July 29. The plant is located on the north side of downtown on Kyger Street between Rossville Avenue and John Street. More than forty firefighters from Frankfort and Lebanon fought the blaze. No injuries were reported

The City of Delphi announced Thursday that it has suspended its recycling services because there is now nowhere that will accept the materials.

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