Walmart representatives have sent tort claim notices to area fire departments and city officials seeking millions in damages after the massive fire at the retail giant’s former fulfillment center in Plainfield.
In a notice sent to Plainfield Fire Territory, attorneys claim the department’s orders to shut down the sprinkler system during the mammoth blaze made the fire worse. The attorneys further said the facility’s doors were opened before the fire was extinguished, ushering in oxygen that fed the flames.
Damage from the fire on March 16 forced the 1.2-million square foot facility to permanently shut down. The blaze from the warehouse, at 9590 Allpoints Parkway, sent plumes of smoke so high satellite imagery detected it. One firefighter who suffered minor injuries while assisting in the response was treated and released at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
The Plainfield warehouse permanently closed after the fire.
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The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
A spokesperson for the Town of Plainfield declined to comment on the tort claim notices, but said the town is proud of its department and others that responded to the fire.
“The Town of Plainfield is proud of the heroic response by the Plainfield Fire Territory and the supporting services from all over central Indiana who risked their personal safety to protect lives,” Stephanie Singh said.
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Roughly 350 firefighters and 30 fire agencies assisted in fighting the blaze.
Insurance companies and underwriters in several notices are seeking the following in property losses and damages:
- At least $150 million
- At least $5 million
- A minimum of $40 million
- At least $100 million
This article will update.
IndyStar reporters Jake Allen and Phyllis Cha contributed to this article.
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