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Industrial Fire At Hickman County Plant Put Out

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (NewsChannel 5/AP) - A large industrial fire at a federal Superfund site in Hickman County has been put out and an evacuation order that affected about 300 people has been lifted.

Kim Skelton in the Hickman County mayor's office said the blaze that started Wednesday morning was put out late Thursday. On Friday morning emergency officials determined it was safe for residents to go home.

Even after that massive plastic plant fire in Lyles has been completely extinguished, the work of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, continued throughout the night with mobile air monitoring devices.

"We did not find any elevation of particulate matter or other hazardous substances we were concerned about," said Kevin Eichinger, federal on scene coordinator with the EPA.

He said while the situation is considered stable and safe, the work is far from over.

"We have crews installing erosion control, silk fencing and other control measure to prevent any run-off from the site into the creek," said Eichinger.

Even with this news, homeowners like David Wilson said they can't forget the sight in front of their homes just two days ago. 

"Oh Lord Yes. You could see it; I mean you could really see it," said Wilson.

A plume of black smoke covered the sky over Wilson's home as he and he family were force to evacuate, not knowing what would be waiting once they returned. 

For the first time he and his family are allowed back home, but with concerns for their health. 

"Yeah it makes me scared cause, she is a diabetic and in real bad health. I am in real bad health and I've had two open heart surgeries and two pacemakers put in," said Wilson.

Officials have not yet said what caused the fire at a plastics recycling facility on a portion of the Superfund site in Lyles. Federal Superfund sites were created to clean up areas that contain hazardous toxic waste.

Environmental officials still have to determine how the fire has affected clean-up efforts.

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