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Shelters Set Up For Displaced Hickman County Residents

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CENTERVILLE, Tenn. – Hundreds of people have been evacuated out of their homes in the area where a plastics recycling plant went up in flames. Residents were asked to seek shelter due to highly toxic fumes coming from the blaze.

The fire broke out Wednesday morning at Industrial Plastic Company on Plant Road in Lyles, Tennessee.

Hickman County mayor Steve Gregory said the evacuation would likely remain through the night as the fire burns. As far as he was aware, most of the residents had a place to stay, but a temporary shelter has been set up at the Fairfield Church of Christ on Highway 100 in Centerville.

Anyone seeking medical treatment should go to St. Thomas Hickman Community Hospital in Centerville.

Residents who don't have a place to stay can call Hickman County dispatch at 931-729-5146.

A four-mile radius around the fire was evacuated when crews determined the area was not safe due to toxic fumes coming off the burning plastic.

East Hickman Middle, East Hickman Intermediate, East Hickman Elementary, and East Hickman High School were evacuated around 12:15 p.m. Children were taken by bus to schools in the safe area. Parents were told they could pick up their children immediately or at the end of the school day.

Officials estimated the number of children evacuated from all four schools was around 1,800.

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