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Ann Arbor area residents report smelling fumes from metal scrapyard fire in Ohio

Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office: No major air quality concerns

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ANN ARBOR – What's that smell?

It's a question many concerned residents have asked on social media Tuesday morning and as of 10:44 a.m. their suspicions were confirmed.

That's when the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office released the following advisory:

"Due to a large fire at a metal scrapyard in northwest Ohio, Washtenaw County residents may experience the smell of smoke of various plastic type odorants throughout the day today. Public Safety Officials on scene of the fire have advised that there are no major concerns regarding air quality, and no further action is required."

On the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office's notification site, residents of Milan, Novi, Northville, Clarkston and Oxford also reported smelling the odor.

So, just how big is this fire?

As of Monday night, it was reported that up to 35 fire crews were battling the blaze at MetalX in Delta, Ohio. It caused a highway to partially shut down and home evacuations in the area. 

"While this is truly an unfortunate event, we are most relieved that no one was hurt and that there is no impact on the health of our employees or the community," MetalX CEO Danny Rifkin said in a statement to local media.

"We are grateful for the tireless efforts of the firefighters from the surrounding area that came to our aid, as well as the support from the Village and the County during this event. We particularly want to recognize our own team, many of whom have been on site since the fire was detected, and who have responded calmly and effectively as the situation has unfolded."

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About the Author:

Meredith Bruckner

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.