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Fire strikes wood-treatment plant

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. – A fire official said crews have extinguished most of a fire that left a central Indiana wood-treatment plant in ruins.

Lt. Jeff Tennell of the Shelbyville Fire Department said crews continue spraying water on hot spots in Culpeper Wood Preservers’ wood-treatment building. He said the building about 25 miles southeast of Indianapolis is considered a complete loss.

Tennell said flames were shooting through the building’s roof shortly after the blaze was reported about 4:20 a.m. Friday, but crews doused the most intense flames within an hour.

He says because of concerns about chemicals used in the wood-treatment process, crews created dikes around the building to prevent water runoff from entering water drains and the nearby Big Blue River.

The State Fire Marshal’s office is now investigating the blaze.

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