On October 20, 2015, a barn caught fire at 5453 Seerley Road, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana (the Site). The Site is a vacant residential and farm property. Surrounding land uses include a residential neighborhood (adjacent to the north/downwind at time of fire), grass fields and wooded areas, commercial/industrial areas, and Interstate 70. Five containers believed to be metallic (elemental) potassium were involved in the fire. Fire departments and a Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) Hazmat Specialist responded. MCPHD notified the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and U.S. EPA, and requested assistance with assessment and disposal of hazardous substances at the Site. MCPHD made a report to the National Response Center (NRC# 1131287). MCPHD reported the integrity of at least one container was compromised and water reactivity was observed when fire suppression water came in contact with the container.
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EPA On-Scene Coordinator (OSC) Jason Sewell responded to the Site and mobilized EPA Superfund Technical Assessment and Response Team (START) contractors to assist with monitoring ambient air and fire suppression water runoff. A Site owner granted access for EPA to stabilize containers at the Site. The OSC mobilized EPA Emergency and Rapid Response Services (ERRS) contractors. For more information, see Pollution Reports (POLREP) posted to this website.