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Lawrenceburg industrial park fire appears to be largely out and the burning pile is now just smoldering as of 2:30 p.m., a source at the scene of the fire said.
Emergency Management Director Bart Powell says there have been no evacuations in Anderson County mostly because of the weather.
The wind was taking the smoke high in the sky, at least a 100 feet up, and the smoke only touched the ground once, Powell said.
The R.J. Corman Railroad Company out of Nicholasville is en route to put the fire out, Powell said. The company has to spread out the burning material and cover it with dirt to extinguish the flames, according Powell.
The city asked all city and county residents to conserve water Friday afternoon as firefighters battled a massive fire at the Lawrenceburg industrial park, according to an emergency management notification.
According to an Anderson News reporter on scene, a four-story high pile of vinyl — the material that prevents windshields from shattering like normal glass — was completely engulfed in flames right next to the large glass pile in the industrial park on Industry Road.
The reporter on scene said the fire was about four stories, not two stories tall as previously reported. There appeared to be millions of tons of the material on fire, source at the scene says.
The heat from the fire was so intense that firefighters were pulled away from the scene, the reporter said. One firefighter was said to have become overcome from the heat.
Firefighters would get close to spray water on the blaze, then have to pull back because of the heat.
There have been at least two small explosions that have been heard from an unknown source, The Anderson News reporter says. The explosions may have been from propane tanks, the reporter said.
There is a large diesel fuel tank located right behind the burning pile, but it has not exploded.
Road equipment had been brought in to create path to get fire trucks through to spray water on the eastern side of the fire near where the large diesel tank is located.
Eddie Carey from nearby Carey’s Towing was leading that operation.
Firefighters are still away from the fire and have laid their hoses on the ground on an angle to continue to douse the fire with water, the reporter at the scene says. One ladder truck is still spraying water about halfway up the burning pile.
Sources at the scene say there has been talk of an air drop of water or liquid, but a drop has not occurred.
People at the scene report that the vinyl fire can be seen as far as Nicholasville.
Police are stopping traffic on Industry Road on both ends, according to the reporter on the scene.
Firefighters from Versailles and Lexington are on scene, and the Kentucky Environmental Response team is also on site. There is no word yet on any air quality monitoring being conducted.
The Anderson News will post more information online at www.theandersonnews.com as it becomes available.