Before the sun rose in Evansville Monday morning, firefighters were at the scene of a massive downtown bonfire that sent towering flames and a huge plume of thick, black smoke skyward, which was crowded by residents from southern Indiana and western Kentucky to was spotted about 30 miles away.
A massive campfire erupted in downtown Evansville early Monday morning
According to our media partner Eyewitness News, firefighters from the Evansville and Henderson Fire Departments arrived on the scene just before 5:00 a.m. after Central Dispatch received a series of calls about the fire from residents in the surrounding neighborhood. The building that was on fire was later revealed to be the Morton Avenue Warehouse at the intersection of East Illinois and North Morton Avenues, about a block north of the Lloyd Expressway near the intersection of Lloyd and Highway 41.
As the morning wore on, the fire disrupted local residents’ morning commutes as the Indiana Department of Transportation announced partial closures of Lloyd and Highway 41 as firefighters battled to prevent the blaze from spreading to neighboring buildings.
Shortly after 9:00 a.m., nearly five hours after arriving at the scene, Evansville Fire Department District Superintendent Mike Larson announced that the fire was contained and under control. The only parts of the warehouse that remain are a few walls, which will eventually be torn down.
Residents of southern Indiana and western Kentucky share photos of plumes of smoke from a massive warehouse fire in Evansville
The massive fire at a warehouse in downtown Evansville created a huge plume of smoke that could be seen by residents in surrounding counties, some as far as 30 miles away. Since almost everyone had a camera with them via their smartphone, some of them shared with us what they saw on their way to work.
The fire generated so much heat and smoke at one point that it was picked up by both the National Weather Service’s radar and Eyewitness News’ Doppler radar.
Fortunately, no one was injured in the fire, and while it has been contained, district chief Larson says crews are still battling hot spots and will likely be on site for 24 hours to ensure the blaze has been fully extinguished. An investigation into the cause of the fire will begin once it is determined it is safe to begin the inspection, but Larson told Mike Pickett with Eyewitness News it could be days before a cause can be determined, if one can be determined at all can.
[Source: Eyewitness News]
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