Walmart warehouse fire in Plainfield, Indiana, sends huge plumes of black smoke billowing as 'walls could fall in'

A WALMART warehouse went up in flames on Wednesday, sending vast plumes of black smoke billowing in the sky.

Firefighters in Indiana responded to the massive five-alarm fire at the facility in Plainfield.



The Deputy Chief of the Plainfield Police Department told WRTV that firefighters were in a defensive position with no one allowed inside the structure because the walls on the facility could fall.

The town of Plainfield asked the public to avoid the area as firefighters worked on putting out the flames.

Video footage from the scene showed thick black smoke billowing from the warehouse with numerous first responders on the scene.

The smoke could reportedly be seen from downtown Indianapolis and all over the city.

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Michael Pruitt, the Deputy Chief at the Bargersville Fire Department, said people should avoid handling debris falling in the area from the fire as it may be toxic.

"These burnt materials can contain toxic carcinogens. This is the very reason firefighters where protective gear and respiratory protection. Just avoid it," he tweeted.

Fire officials have yet to determine if anyone was injured in the blaze, or what sparked the fire.

The Indianapolis International Airport said the blaze did not impact operations and flights despite the facility's close proximity.

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