Residents allowed back home after fire

Published 06/20 2013 06:37PM

Updated 06/20 2013 06:40PM

HOOPESTON -- The air quality is better Thursday than Wednesday which means people can go back home. They hope the fire down the street will be put out soon. J & R's Recycling, on Route 9 and Market Street, caught fire after a spark ignited dust on a conveyor belt. WCIA-3's Erica Quednau has more.

The fire is still burning more than 36-hours after it started. Thursday, crews moved the rubble around hoping to contain what's still smoldering and trying to put out hot spots. Things are calming down; the black smoke is now gray and there's less of it.

People were allowed to go back into their homes. Two of those people, Shelby Marsden and her husband, left even before they were told to. Marsden returned home Thursday to find soot on the house and tire particles in their yard.

Luckily, there's no major damage. They're just glad the fire didn't spread.

The EPA plans to stay in town until the fire is completely out. They have contractors monitoring the air quality to make sure things don't get worse. Currently, they don't expect that to happen.

The EPA also stopping all work at J & R sites. It requested a court order to stop company operations. It says the company underestimated the amount of materials on site and didn't have an emergency plan for fire or police departments.

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