Firefighters making progress in TN industrial fire

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Officials say firefighters are making progress against a large industrial fire at a federal Superfund site in middle Tennessee.

Hickman County Mayor Steve Gregory said Thursday morning that firefighters are trying to smother the blaze by covering it with dirt. He says the blaze is 65 percent contained.

Gregory said firefighters restarted efforts to fight the blaze around midnight after backing off earlier due to concerns that two propane tanks could explode. He said officials later determined that the tanks weren't a danger.

Evacuation orders for the area remain in effect and schools remained closed.

The fire at Industrial Plastics Recycle, about 45 miles southwest of Nashville, has been burning since Wednesday morning.

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CENTERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Hickman County emergency workers have evacuated a four-mile radius around a burning plastics recycling plant on a federal superfund site.

Kim Skelton in the county mayor's office said the fire started at about 10 a.m. Wednesday. She said officials made the call to evacuate nearby homes because they were concerned about toxic fumes.

Skelton said fire crews from surrounding counties are helping to put out the blaze.

She said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been contacted because of concerns about toxic runoff into nearby Mill Creek.

Skelton said there have not been any reports of injuries. She said she could see the cloud of black smoke from the public square, about 10 miles away from the burning building, which used to house the Wrigley Charcoal plant.


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