INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A massive warehouse fire lit up a south side neighborhood Sunday night and Monday night, homeowners were cleaning up the debris left behind.
Many of the residents couldn't start the clean-up process until late Monday because they had to evacuate their homes Sunday night. Residents came home come home to find debris from the fire.
"Burning roof, tar, it was really nasty, you couldn't see out the back at all," said Janet Smock.
Smock described the smell and scene of the massive warehouse fire that lit up her south side neighborhood. She's lived in her home for 15 years. Sunday night, she and her family were doing everything they could to save it.
"They were spraying with hoses, up on the roof and going around and making sure everybody was ok," she said of the firefighters efforts to put out the blaze.
Residents were forced to evacuate their homes during the blaze.
"When it first started, the fire the smoke was so thick, I mean from the ground up, it was dense," said Tonda Carter who lives in the neighborhood.
It didn't take long for the smoke to clear. But another issue is now plaguing the community.
"There's the thick, and we've got some thinner, and this was all over the yard," Smock said pointing to a substance.
And it's littered throughout the neighborhood.
"It kind of makes me wonder what it is. What all it is. I'm sure some of its roofing, but what else was in there? What else did we get expose to?" Smock said.
The Marion County Health Department also wants to know what it is.
Monday night, an official picked up some pieces of the debris from different yards. 24-Hour News 8 has learned it will be sent to a lab to be tested for asbestos an other particles. It's similar to what officials did during the Belmont Warehouse Fire.
Smock said it puts her at ease knowing officials are looking out for her community.
"Yes and no. Yes, because of the health purposes. But no, because they are out here doing their job their making that it was safe and everything is good for the people and the air," she said.
ATF agents are expected to arrive on the scene tomorrow. If the building is deemed safe, the EPA will first set up some air monitoring inside to determine if investigators will need to wear masks while they sift through the rubble.
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