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Osolo Township fire fighters are still pouring water on the Lami-Plast fire scene on Woodlawn Avenue Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. The fire began early Sunday morning and have kept crews busy on scene since then. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)

Osolo Township fire fighters are still pouring water on the Lami-Plast fire scene on Woodlawn Avenue Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. The fire began early Sunday morning and have kept crews busy on scene since then. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)

Osolo Township fire fighters are still pouring water on the Lami-Plast fire scene on Woodlawn Avenue Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. The fire began early Sunday morning and have kept crews busy on scene since then. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)

Osolo Township fire fighters are still pouring water on the Lami-Plast fire scene on Woodlawn Avenue Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. The fire began early Sunday morning and have kept crews busy on scene since then. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)

Elkhart resident Randy Letner grabs a pump and hose from the bed of his truck as he prepares to pump water from his well pit at his home on Modrell Avenue Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Letner has water in his crawl space, garage and the well pit from the Lami-Plast fire scene. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)

Elkhart resident Randy Letner stretches a hose to the east of his home as he prepares to pump water from his well pit at his home on Modrell Avenue Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Letner has water in his crawl space, garage and the well pit from the Lami-Plast fire scene. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)

Elkhart resident Judy Letner holds her face in her hand as she talks about the difficulties she and her husband Randy are facing in their Modrell Avenue home just south of the Lami-Plast fire scene Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Randy was clearing snow from the well pump so he could place a pump in the well to clear out the three feet of water. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)

Osolo Township fire fighters use heavy machinery to move debris at the Lami-Plast fire scene on Woodlawn Avenue Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. The fire began early Sunday morning and have kept crews busy on scene since then. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)
More than 60 hours later, Osolo fire units clear scene at Lami-Plast
Posted on Feb. 4, 2014 at 4:46 p.m.

ELKHART — Osolo Township firefighters cleared the scene at Lami-Plast on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 4, after more than 60 hours of battling a fire.

An Elkhart County dispatcher said units cleared at about 3:35 p.m. 

Osolo Township Fire Assistant Chief Dean Rentfrow said the material at the site is still smoldering. He said small flames are expected to continue burning.

"With that snowstorm coming, we got all the trucks out of there, all the hoses picked up," he said. "Everything is back here, and we'll let it kind of do what's gonna do and then go back out and address it as (the flames) come out."

Kathryn Wells, an office manager for Lami-Plast, said the company has been running out of another office on Elk Park Drive.

"Our production lines are not up and running, but we have already starting shipping product," Wells said.

Wells said the company has several warehouses in the area and expects all employees will return to work by the end of the week.

The Osolo Fire Department was dispatched to Lami-Plast, 25750 Woodlawn Ave., on Saturday night, Feb. 1, when the roof of the building collapsed under the weight of the snow near a gas meter.

The fire department was dispatched about three hours later to a fire at that same location. Several fire departments, including Elkhart, Penn, Edwardsburg, Bristol, Concord, Harrison, Mishawaka, Porter, Clay, Cleveland Township and Osceola, provided mutual aid.

Two firefighters from Cleveland Township were injured while working the fire Sunday. The two were treated and released from the hospital and are recovering from their injuries. 

Sometime after 7 p.m. Sunday, all the units providing mutual aid left the scene and the Osolo fire department continued to tackle the flames.

On Monday, Indiana Department of Environmental Management on-scene coordinator Rich Hackel and Elkhart County Health Department environmentalist Tara Still went on to the scene of the fire Monday to inspect the area. Hackel said he could not find any indication of harmful contaminants in the air or water. 

On Tuesday, two private fire investigators from Lami-Plast's insurance company and a fire investigator from the state fire marshal's office went out to Lami-Plast to look for the cause and origin of the fire. As of Tuesday afternoon, neither the cause nor the origin had been determined.