Fire causes toxic smoke in Clinton Co.

CLINTON CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Emergency crews were called to the scene of a fire in Clinton County Tuesday morning.

The Frankfort Fire Department said they responded to a three-alarm fire at Brittain & Sons Recycling Inc., 2021 W. County Road 0, in Frankfort at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Frankfort Fire Chief John Kirby said pallets, asphalt and plastic were all ignited in the blaze. Due to the materials on fire, Kirby said a Nixle was sent out advising area residents to watch out for the heavy smoke and not to breath it. Kirby said the smoke emitted was toxic.

In addition, the Frankfort School Corporation is making arrangements for an early dismissal of Suncrest Elementary students, due to heavy smoke in the area.

Kirby said the wind was a problem for firefighters. Once the fire and smoke was under control, crews worked for hours on putting out hot spots. The scene was finally cleared around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

No injuries were reported in the fire.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management was called in to test the air quality.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and is expected to be determined within the next few days. 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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