Firefighters Volunteer Long Hours

A fire continues to burn 48 hours after it started at an Elkhart lumber recycling plant.

The blaze broke out late Thursday night during an explosion at V.I.M. Recycling Plant in Elkhart County. Crews have been on the scene since to try and control the blaze.

Firefighters have been taking breaks as needed.

Many of them are working with little sleep in the ninety degree temperatures.

It’s estimated that more than 200 men and women have volunteered from about 20 fire departments in the Michiana area.

Tanker trucks with water pumped from the St. Joseph River keep coming in.

Firefighters say the fire should be contained by the end of the weekend. They expect to find hot spots throughout the summer.

“The size of the pile is a tremendously large pile that's burning. It’s so tall and all that material is packed in there and just burning away,” says Captain Tim Graves from the Baugo Township Fire Department.

The Elkhart water restriction that was issued on Friday has been lifted.

The Indiana State Fire Marshal says the cause of the fire has not been determined but foul play has been ruled out.


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