Indianapolis Fire Causes Firefighter Injuries and Evacuations

Four firefighters were injured Saturday and more than 100 homes near downtown Indianapolis (IN) had to be evacuated after a recycling facility caught fire and collapsed, reports The Indianapolis Star.

None of the injuries were serious, and by Sunday residents were allowed to return home.

The fire took eight hours to control Saturday as more than two-dozen 30-gallon propane tanks continually exploded and the fire sent up an acrid cloud that could be seen for miles over the city, officials said.

Nearby buildings and dumpsters momentarily caught fire as strong winds blew the embers from the blaze to the surrounding area.

The fire was expected to continue smoldering for “several days,” the Indianapolis Fire Department said in a Sunday-morning statement. The department was having trouble extinguishing an 85,000-square-foot collection area for tires that had caught fire.

The fire started at the building just southwest of Indianapolis’ downtown around 1 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters said they prevented a large explosion from a 500-gallon propane tank inside the building Saturday by keeping it hosed with water as the fire burned.

The industrial area was not well covered by fire hydrants, officials said, and at one point Saturday a passing train ran over a hose being used to to fight the fire.

Officials have not yet determined the cause of the fire.

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