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Crews Battle Fire, Chemical Leak at West Side Building

9/23/2012


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Fire crews battled a two-alarm fire at a chemical facility on the city's west side Sunday morning.

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Wayne Township Fire Lt. Craig Peoples says the fire began around 8:45 at the Heritage Environmental Systems facility in the 7900 block of West Morris Street, just north of Indianapolis International Airport. Crews found a large fire with heavy smoke near a storage tank inside a building at the facility. A second alarm was called in shortly after the arrival of the first crew. The fire was under control in about an hour.

Lt. Peoples says chemical leak occurred near the tank but the leak was contained to the building. He says the public was never in danger from the leak. Several firefighters were decontaminated as a precaution no harmful materials came up in any readings. No injuries were reported.

Lt. Peoples says Heritage has an excellent safety record with the Wayne Township Fire Department. He says company officials met firefighters when they arrived and were extremely helpful with providing information to the firefighters to help with extinguishing the blaze.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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