Crews battling large fire on Belmont Avenue

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

Police evacuated a 5 block area from the fire at Nationwide Recycling.  The Red Cross has 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.

One firefighter suffered a minor knee injury.

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.

IMPD says these streets are closed due to the fire:

Belmont & Washington
Belmont & Maryland
Belmont & Jackson
Belmont & Oliver
Belmont & McCarty
Belmont & Morris
Warman & McCarty
Warman & Oliver
Tremont & Jackson
Belmont over the railroad tracks North

UPDATE  5:00: IMPD is now reporting 33 percent of the building has collapsed.  They have pushed crews back for their safety.  Officers are going door to door to find people who would like to evacuate.  IndyGo buses have also been brought in to help evacuees to get to the Red Cross location.

3:45:  Police are evacuating a 5 block area from the fire.  The Red Cross has opened its office at 441 E. 10th St. to take in evacuees.

1:30: The fire has been upgraded to a three alarm fire.

Fire crews are battling a two alarm fire on Belmont Avenue.

They were called out around 1 p.m.

Stay tuned for updates.

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