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Large fire hits recycling facility in downtown Edinburgh

Fire destroys recycling facility in Edinburgh

EDINBURGH, Ind. (WISH) — A large fire broke out late Friday afternoon at a recycling facility in downtown Edinburgh.

At 5:35 p.m. Friday, various fire department units were dispatched on a report of a structure fire at 111 N. Holland St. at the Group Metals Recycling (GMR) building in downtown Edinburgh. Units from the Edinburgh, Nineveh, German Township, Amity, Trafalgar, Franklin, and Columbus Township Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene. Edinburgh units arrived to the scene and determined there were no injuries.

Officers with the Edinburgh Police Department advised firefighters that there was active fire and smoke coming from the building. The GMR building collapsed within minutes of the arrival of fire units. The fire was marked under control at 6:59 p.m.

The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office was called in to handle the investigation and determine the cause of the fire.

No one was believed to have been in the building before the fire happened.

Ricky Rowland, who lives near the Johnson County facility, shot drone footage during the fire. Rowland says five or six explosions, likely from items stored in the building, were heard. He is a constable for Marion County’s Center Township and a deputy with the police department in Carthage, a town east of Indianapolis in Rush County.