After a fire at Warsaw Chemical Co. Friday, Winona Lake and surrounding wildlife are still being monitored. <br style=”font-family: Verdana, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: small; line-height: normal;” /> Chemicals from the fire spilled into the lake causing a loss of ice.
Conservation Officer Jerry Hoerdt with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said they have been monitoring the wildlife and havent noticed any deaths or other negative effects on the wildlife, which he said would have occurred by now. An unknown amount of chemicals spilled into Winona Lake and fishermen were advised to stay off of the lake and avoid eating fish until further notice. He said Winona Lake lost a lot of ice, but once the lake freezes over again, ice fishing without worry should be possible.
American Red Cross disaster volunteers from Kosciusko county assisted on the scene of the fire, and provided canteen service for more than 150 firefighters and emergency responders.
The fire was fully extinguished at 2:20 p.m. and the evacuation was lifted at 3:38 p.m. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
(Story By The Times Union)