Crews battle large fire near downtown Indy

The massive fire at a recycling facility near downtown Indianapolis could burn well into the night, fire officials said Saturday afternoon.

Police evacuated a five block area from the fire at Nationwide Recycling.  The Red Cross opened its office at 441 E. 10th St. to take in evacuees.

Officials said they would be going door-to-door to advise residents who had not self-evacuated to leave the area.

Crews were called to the fire on Belmont Avenue around 1 p.m.

Officials said part of the building had already collapsed, and that several propane tanks had exploded in the building.

Because of the ongoing danger, officials had moved people back from the scene as debris and embers flew through the air.

IFD says it is possible crews could be battling the fire well into Saturday night and may continue into next week.

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