Dozens of firefighters battle New Carlisle auto recycling blaze in oppressive heat

 

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Firefighters from at least 6 departments endured oppresive heat and humidity as they fought a massive fire at the OmniSource metal recycling business in New Carlisle Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 24.

It took several hours to bring the fire under control. Dark gray smoke billowing into the air was visible for dozens of miles.

No serious injuries were reported as of Tuesday night. The fire broke out at about 3:30 p.m. at the business, which takes in auto and other metal pieces.

A reported 1 million-plus gallons of water were sprayed onto the fire as tanker trucks traveled back and forth to refill throughout the afternoon. Refills from area sources were necessary so the Town of New Carlisle’s water supply was not drained.

An official cause has not been determined.

5 Responses to “Dozens of firefighters battle New Carlisle auto recycling blaze in oppressive heat”

  1. R.J.

    Aug 25. 2021

    How many more times does this have to happen before the county actually does something? place catches fire all the time!

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  2. j j

    Aug 25. 2021

    The county has no control over fires that take place. what are you talking about? Do you know what you are saying. That was a foolish statement.

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    • R.J.

      Aug 25. 2021

      OmniSource metal recycling catches on fire quite often, do you see the smoke which pollutes the air? I can just imagine what they would find if they did a soil sample (that’s where they look for hazardous chemicals in the ground)
      fires melt things, put fire out with water, water goes into the ground along with whatever chemicals/debris is burnt. The county should look into it.

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      • BobC

        Aug 25. 2021

        Agreed. Omnisource had two major fires within the space of one month at their site in Indianapolis just this year. A quick search and you’ll find plenty of fires over the last 15 years at many of their locations, but no information about fines or criminal charges. Clearly there’s a problem that’s been going on for years, and the taxpayer is footing the bill each time it happens, not to mention the cost to the environment. I doubt that you or I would get away with such massive negligence. Something stinks, and it ain’t just the fire.

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  3. BobC

    Aug 25. 2021

    Last night’s rain must have been welcomed very strongly by the firefighters!

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