Toxic Fire in Richmond, IN displaces 2,000 residents - Midwest Mission Responds
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April 11, 2023 was a typical spring day in Richmond, Indiana. The sun was out, birds were chirping, and everything seemed normal. That was until local residents began to smell a foul odor that seemed to seep into their homes. Upon looking outside, residents could see thick, black smoke billowing amongst tall flames in the distance.
A building had caught fire. But not just any building, it was a plastic recycling plant. This large facility held 14 acres of plastic, all of which ignited in flames. The immense fire burned for two days, until the last hot spot was put out on the evening of April 13.
All residents within a .5-mile radius of the fire were evacuated, displacing over 2,000 people from their homes. Not only were they displaced, fear also settled into their hearts, causing a pit of worry over short-term and long-term medical concerns. They’re lives had been interrupted in a big way. Read more