Indiana health officials test water and air quality after fire at Walmart’s fulfillment center – KION546


By Jay Croft, CNN

Indiana public health officials are urging people to take safety precautions after a large fire at a Walmart distribution center in Plainfield this week released thick smoke containing high levels of fine particulates.

The particles can cause health problems for “sensitive people,” the Hendricks County Health Department said.

Agencies are also testing the air to see if the smoke contained chemicals and are performing additional testing on water samples to ensure there are no “unintended impacts”, the department said. of health.

The fire broke out on Wednesday and the plume of smoke showed up on weather radar, affiliate WRTV reported.

On Friday evening, teams were working on the remaining trouble spots.

About 1,000 people work at this distribution center, the Plainfield Fire Authority said. Residents were told to close doors and windows. No one was injured, City Manager Andrew Klinger told CNN in a statement.

“Plainfield would like to commend the plans and efforts of Walmart and the fire department to ensure that we maintain life safety above all else,” he said.

The cause is unknown, the authority said.

A total of 28 engines, 25 ladders, nine medics and 12 tankers were involved in the response, along with 400 firefighters, the authority said.

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CNN’s Rebekah Riess and Amy Simonson contributed to this report.


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