April 12, 2023
Wednesday Afternoon Update on Industrial Fire
On Tuesday, April 11, two warehouses containing recycled plastic caught fire at around 2:30 p.m. EDT. The Richmond Fire Department was quickly dispatched and arrived on the scene at 2:40 p.m. Despite encountering high winds, the fire department was able to contain the fire within the warehouse complex and prevent it from spreading to the residential neighborhood.
The Richmond Fire Department is leading the response, with assistance from other agencies, including the Wayne County EMA and the Wayne County Health Department.
The half mile radius evacuation zone centered on the fire which remains in effect. If you are outside of the evacuation zone, it is still highly recommended that you take necessary safety measures. Residents outside of the evacuation zone, especially those downwind (east, northeast) of the incident site, should continue to shelter in place. Keep your windows and doors closed, turn off HVAC units if they draw outside air, and keep your pets inside.
Those affected by the incident should call the Wayne County Community Help Line at (765) 973-9300. Services include a transportation from the evacuation zone, information about shelter options, and health questions.
Anyone who needs to return to the evacuation zone to retrieve medicine, personal items, pets, etc. please contact Wayne County Community Help Line at (765) 973-9300 for assistance entering the area. A Wayne County deputy will escort individuals to their residences until 11 p.m. tonight.
We appreciate the swift response of the Richmond Fire Department and other agencies that worked tirelessly to contain the fire and provide aid to those impacted
A press conference will be held Thursday, April 13th at 2:00 p.m. at Fairview School (60 NW L St).
Future updates will be relayed through the City’s website or Wayne County Emergency Management Agency. Mayor Snow, and Chief Brown will not be providing any additional interviews to media outlets at this time.
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