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Junkyard Fire Sends Dark Smoke Plume Into Sky On Indy's West Side

Junkyard Fire Sends Dark Smoke Plume Into Sky On Indy's West SideFirefighters from several agencies responded to the fire at 501 S. Tibbs Ave. after 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.2019-09-24T00:00:00-04:00
Junkyard Fire Sends Dark Smoke Plume Into Sky On Indy's West Side

Smoke from a fire at a junkyard on the city's near west side is visible from WFYI around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Doug Jaggers/WFYI

Updated Sept. 24 at 1:15 p.m.

A fire at a junkyard on the near west side of Indianapolis sent a thick plume of smoke into the sky that could be seen for miles Tuesday morning.

Firefighters from Indianapolis Fire Department responded to the call at 501 S. Tibbs Ave. shortly after 10 a.m. With Decatur Township, Wayne Township, Speedway and Indianapolis International Airport fire departments providing assistance, it took an hour and 15 minutes to get the blaze under control.

IFD tweeted that a worker says the fire started while trying to drain a fuel tank. No injuries were reported.

Jason Kistler with the Indianapolis Fire Department said the flames were so large Wayne Township officials used a drone to monitor it from above.

"It was very hard to access the fire location and we couldn't really get around to the back side of it, so the drone kind of helped us see what was on the back side of the fire," Kistler said. 

A video on IFD's Twitter account shows a pile of cars engulfed by flames and thick black smoke billowing into the air.

The Marion County Health Department also visited the scene to check for chemical runoff into nearby Eagle Creek. 

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