Cleanup Continues at Site of Fire

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

Monday, the concern was the heavy black smoke and preventing residents from breathing it in. But Tuesday, things shifted at the site of the Adams Plating Company to concern over the water and the surrounding soil.

"Today we have a cleanup company coming to asses what's left and tell us what we need to do to start cleaning up," Sgt. Robert Ott of the Ingham County Emergency Management Team said.

While some chemicals burned in the fire, the worry is others were mixed in with the water and washed away, some of it flooding nearby houses.

"The DEQ sampled the water Monday night from a couple of houses, we should have the results by Wednesday," Sgt. Ott said.

Sgt. Ott said he can't say for sure yet what the yellow mixture is that is mixed in with the snow in that area, but he said they're taking every precaution to prevent it from getting into the sewers and the nearby river.

"What's good for us is the ground is frozen and it's in the snow, so its easily removed," he said.

The people who live in the homes adjacent to the fire scene remain evacuated while crews continue their testing. News Ten asked the other neighbors what they thought of the cleanup.

"Nothing serious," Jack Meyer said. "If it was, they would have told us to leave."

Meyer, who lives behind the plating company, said he's not too concerned. Neither is Jim Beecham who owns an auto shop on Rosemary street.

"I think everything is going to be fine," Beecham said. "I'm not concerned about my health or well being over the situation."

Sgt. Ott confirms the drinking water in the area is just fine, so too, is the air quality.

The EPA has taken over the cleanup, and will be working through the night to monitor the water and soil. Also, Rosemary street will remain closed through Wednesday.

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