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Firefighters battle large industrial fire on Indianapolis' southwest side

Firefighters battle large industrial fire on Indianapolis' southwest side


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Firefighters battled a large fire at a southwest side business that filled the sky with thick black smoke Sunday afternoon.

At 1:41 p.m., the Wayne Township Fire Department responded to Alpine Truck & Salvage at 2205 S. Holt Road, officials said. They were being assisted by the Indianapolis Fire Department.

According to dispatchers, a large rubbish fire consumed a conveyor belt and spread to the building. Additional information about the fire and the scope of the damage was not immediately available.

The fire was contained and extinguished by 2:40 p.m.

As the fire burned, those at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Indianapolis 500 qualifying reported that smoke from the blaze could be seen from IMS. 

The location of Sunday’s fire was close to where firefighters battled 80,000 tons of burning scrap metal for 13 hours on April 30 at OmniSource Corporation.

The recycling plant on South Holt Road caught fire as the plant was processing scrap metal.

The large scope of the OmniSource fire combined with windy conditions made for an overnight operation that required the work of five departments to control: Wayne Township, Decatur Township, Indianapolis, Indianapolis International Airport and Speedway.

Call IndyStar reporter Justin L. Mack at 317-444-6138. Follow him on Twitter: @justinlmack.

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Published at Sun, 23 May 2021 18:48:05 +0000