Cold caused delays for crews battling plant fire

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Cold weather caused delays for crews battling a fire at recycling plant last night.

Indianapolis Fire Department, Decatur Township Fire Department, and Wayne Township Fire Department were all called to the OmniSource Recycling plant at 11:00 p.m. Friday night. The scrap metal shredder building had a large fire blazing within.

Crews were delayed from fighting the fire due in large part to the extremely cold weather. First, crews confronted frozen fire hydrants. Then they handled a broken fire hose, ice and frozen gear. And finally, one of the ladder trucks refused to operate after a stabilizing outrigger stopped retracting.

However, after 30 minutes, firefighters were able to contain the fire within the recycling plant with no injuries.

The fire’s cause is under investigation. Damage estimates are unavailable. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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