Fire Crew Makes Progress with Tennessee Industrial Fire

A large industrial fire at a federal Superfund site in central Tennessee was about 95 percent contained by Thursday evening, a day and a half after it started, reports The Associated Press.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency On-Scene Coordinator Kevin Eichinger said in a phone interview that officials were continuing to monitor air quality around the site in rural Hickman County, about 45 miles southwest of Nashville.

About 300 people were evacuated and four nearby schools were closed after the fire started Wednesday morning at a plastics recycling business on a portion of the former Wrigley Charcoal Plant. Firefighting efforts were abandoned Wednesday afternoon over fears that nearby propane tanks could explode.

The fire eventually burned away from the tanks and contractors with heavy equipment began smothering the fire with dirt early Thursday morning.

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