Fire extinguished at Hickman Co. plant; evacuation order lifted - WSMV Channel 4

Fire extinguished at Hickman Co. plant; evacuation order lifted

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After burning for two days, a massive plant fire in Hickman County is now out, except for a few hot spots.

The evacuation order for the surrounding area has also been lifted.

Officials will be out at the Industrial Plastic Co. throughout the weekend to monitor air quality.

TDEC officials said Friday that officials had not found any environmental issues. Officials plan to meet next week with EPA officials.

Crews are also building a barrier so that the nearby creek doesn't get contaminated when it rains.

The fire broke out around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Industrial Plastic Co. Inc. site, which used to house the Wrigley Charcoal plant, at 8526 Plant Rd. in Lyles, TN.

The recycling plant sits on a contaminated federal Superfund site. Federal Superfund sites were created to clean up areas that contain hazardous toxic waste.

The EPA website said the former Wrigley Charcoal Plant, located northwest of Highway 100 about 45 miles southwest of Nashville, was placed on the National Priorities List in 1989 because of contaminated debris, ground water and soil in the county of about 24,000. The Superfund area includes a 35-acre primary site and surrounding areas comprising about 300 acres.

According to the EPA website, the Superfund site was home to various industrial operations, including iron, charcoal and wood distillation product manufacturing, beginning in 1880. Contaminants of concern at the site include wood tar chemicals, metals and volatile organic compounds.

Plastics have been recycled at the site for more than a decade, and workers were at the site at the time the fire broke out. All were able to escape without injuries.

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