- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ind. (AP) - A central Indiana fire chief says a fire that produced thick clouds of black smoke consumed about a half-acre of wooden pallets and plastics stored outdoors at a recycling company.

Frankfort Fire Chief John Kirby tells the Journal & Courier (https://on.jconline.com/1e9KUNd ) it took fire crews more than two hours Tuesday to get the blaze under control.

He says firefighters succeeded in preventing the fire from igniting the main building on the property, a building that’s also used for storing plastics.

Nearby residents had been warned to stay indoors to avoid the fire’s dense smoke. Kirby says state environmental regulators were taking air samples and ground samples at the scene.

He says the site is owned by Brittain & Sons Recycling Inc. and those owners weren’t present when firefighters arrived.

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