Indiana health officials testing water, air quality after fire at Walmart distribution center

Indiana public health officials are urging people to take safety precautions after a major fire at a Walmart distribution center in Plainfield this week released thick fumes containing high levels of fine particulate matter.

The particles can cause health problems for “sensitive individuals,” Hendricks County Health Department said.

Agencies also test the air to see if the smoke contained chemicals, and perform additional tests on water samples to make sure there are no “unexpected impacts,” the health ministry said.

The fire broke out Wednesday and the smoke flag appeared on the weather radars, the subsidiary WRTV reported.

By Friday, crews were working on the remaining hot spots.

About 1,000 people work at that distribution center, the Plainfield Fire Authority said. Residents were urged to close doors and windows. No one was injured, Mayor Andrew Klinger told CNN in a statement.

“Plainfield would like to commend the plans and efforts of Walmart and firefighters to ensure that we first and foremost maintain the safety of life,” he said.

The cause is unknown, authorities say.

A total of 28 engines, 25 ladders, nine doctors and 12 tankers were involved in the effort, along with 400 firefighters, authorities said.

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CNN’s Rebekah Riess and Amy Simonson contributed to this report.

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