After 9 Hours Fire Under Control

Evacuees Return Home After Massive Blaze

By Emily Dwire
By Peter Neumann
By Stephanie Parkinson

June 15, 2013 Updated Jun 16, 2013 at 6:56 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - People living near the site of a huge warehouse fire in Indianapolis have been cleared to return to their homes.

A five block radius was evacuated Saturday afternoon as thick, black smoke billowed from a burning recycling center.

More than 200 firefighters battled the massive blaze Saturday. Officials say it started around 1 p.m. on the city’s west side.

Used tires and pallets were engulfed, and explosions from propane tanks rocked the building.

The smoke was so thick that nearby roads were closed, train traffic was halted and planes were being re-routed to avoid the area.

EPA and health department crews monitored air quality looking for hazardous substances.

Officials say the building will continue to smolder for the next couple of days.

Property managers told the Indianapolis Fire Department that they believe no one was in the building at the time of the fire.

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