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Indiana fire at recycling plant prompts evacuation of more than 2,000 residents

INDIANA (From news reports) -- More than 2,000 residents were told to evacuate Tuesday afternoon after a large fire broke out at a recycling plant in Indiana, sending plumes of black smoke into the sky.

The fire broke out in the City of Richmond, which is about 70 miles east of Indianapolis and near Ohio's western border.

Indiana State Police said the blaze was at the former Hoffco factory, which closed in 2009.

Wayne County EMA said the evacuation order applied to residents and persons within 0.5 miles of the fire. Those outside that zone were advised to keep windows closed and pets inside.

Richmond Mayor Dave Snow described it as a "serious, large-scale fire."

"Many units are on scene," Snow said. "Please avoid this area if possible, as it is dangerous, and allow our first responders room to get this under control."

"The smoke is definitely toxic," said the Indiana State Fire Marshall on scene.

"This fire is going to burn for a few days," he added.

Bethesda Worship Center offered temporary shelter for people forced out of their homes, while other agencies were trying to arrange hotel rooms if necessary.

Later Tuesday, Mayor Snow said fire officials had contained the blaze on the city's northwest side and are working to contain the East side to prevent spread.

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