Fire, Hazmat Situation in Downtown Leslie

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Fire authorities tell News 10 a fire and hazmat situation at a Leslie metal-plating plant Tuesday night is contained.

Fire crews are covering the building with as much water as they can, trying it put out the fire as quickly and safely as possible. No one has been hurt.

Residents of Leslie Estates at 714 Mill St. are being advised to evacuate and go to Woodworth Elementary for shelter. Anyone living east of the railroad tracks should stay inside, closing windows and turning off air conditioning until further notice.

The damage only appears to be to the ISC Plating Company. Police tell us the building will be destroyed. Several walls have collapsed. The biggest concern is the hazardous materials inside.

"We have it contained so far," said Rob Dale, of Ingham Co. Emergency Management. "We don't see any concern of it spreading. Our goal really is to just keep it away from those chemicals. But, it's a hazardous environment and we don't want to send firefighters in to risk their lives at the same time."

Firefighters have covered manholes so no contaminated water gets into the sewer.

Covert and Bellevue roads in Leslie are closed. Drivers should avoid the area.

WILX has crews at the scene and we will be tracking this for you. We will have live reports on News 10 at 11.

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