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Smoke from 3-alarm fire at west side towing company seen for miles

The fire at the Hanna's Wrecker Service at 3501 Kelly Street can be seen from downtown Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS — Fire crews are still on the scene of a large fire at a tow yard on the west side of Indianapolis.

The 3-alarm fire at the Hanna Auto Salvage at 3501 Kelly Street could be seen from downtown Indianapolis. The complex is located next to the Sam Jones Expressway west of Tibbs Avenue. 

The damage has been contained to cars in the towing yard. No buildings were damaged, according to a spokesman from the Wayne Township Fire Department.

Wayne Township was one of five departments trying to extinguish the blaze, which started before 7 a.m. No employees were at the business, and nobody was injured.

Firefighters and trucks from the Indianapolis Fire Department, Airport Fire Department, Decatur Township and Speedway worked together with Wayne Township to supply water to the area, which is at the end of a dead-end street and a significant distance from the nearest hydrant. 

Firefighters have deployed an estimated four miles of hose to reach other hydrants nearest to the scene to augment their water supply. 

There is no word on a cause yet, though Wayne Township investigators are working with the property owner on that process. EPA and Marion County Health Department representatives are also on the scene to assist in monitoring air quality and runoff from the firefighting operation.

Kelly Street remains closed. 

Check back for updates to this developing story.

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