WARSAW, Ind. (WANE) – Residents were asked to avoid Winona Lake following an explosion and hazardous materials leak at a chemical plant in Warsaw on Friday. Now, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says that the coast is clear.
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Multiple fire departments responded to Warsaw Chemical after getting reports of a fire followed by an explosion on Friday. Warsaw Chemical, located at 2300 E. Durbin St., is known for producing car washing products.
After the fire, the DNR reported that an unknown amount of chemicals, mostly methanol, made its way into the storm drains and into Winona Lake. The lake and snow appeared to turn blue and green from the dyes in the chemicals. At the time, conservation officers said it was possible thousands of gallons of chemical and water mixture went into the lake.
On Tuesday, the DNR stated via a press release that no amount of contamination was detectable in tests on the water.
An agent with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Rich Hackle, has tested the water each day since the spill. Hackle told the DNR that oxygen levels for the water were normal and that all the tests he uses to detect chemicals were negative.
The DNR said on Tuesday that fishermen should rest assured that the fish from the lake are safe to eat. Fishermen and lake enthusiasts are all encouraged to return to normal use of the lake. The DNR asks that everyone continue to be mindful that no ice is safe.
From the DNR: Indiana Conservation Officers want to thank all involved emergency response agencies for their assistance at the fire scene and in the days after to help protect Winona Lake and it’s fish and wildlife resources.