UPDATE: Investigation into cause of Adams St. fire Saturday night

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

ELKHART, Ind.--- UPATE: Officials in Elkhart County are trying to figure out what caused a fire Saturday night.

The sheriff's department is looking at surveillance footage hoping it will provide answers for the fire behind TB Plastic Extrusions on Adams Street.

When firefighters arrived they found a very large pile of skids, a dumpster and some other rubbish stored behind the factory on fire.

It took crews about two hours to get the fire under control.

ORIGINAL STORY: Emergency crews responded to a large fire late Saturday night at the site of an Elkhart plastic company.

Cleveland Township and Bristol Fire Departments joined Osolo Township in battling the fire behind TB Plastic Extrusions at 54432 Adams St. in Elkhart.

The crews originally received calls of a trash heap burning behind the building. When they arrived they found a very large pile of skids, a dumpster and some other rubbish stored behind the factory on fire.

The plastic in the debris made extinguishing the fire more difficult.

Asst. Chief Joe Johnston of the Osolo Township Fire Dept. said a nearby hydrant and their rig provided a constant water supply that helped battle the flames.

It took crews about two hours to get the fire under control.

Johnston said the building owners kept the trash pile away from the building so there was minimal damage to the outside of the building. The fire got so hot, however, it melted the headlights and part of a boat nearby.

No firefighters were injured battling the blaze and the origin of the fire is unknown.

The Elkhart County Health Department is also looking into the possibility that runoff water made it into the creek behind the facility on Adams Road.


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