Ash plume covers area

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Residents in East Liverpool near the Heritage  WTI plant are being asked to wash food from their gardens before consumption and to replace food and water for outside animals due to an incident at a nearby plant.

The East Liverpool Fire Department responded to a call of smoke at the environmental services company on Saint George Street Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters noticed a brown cloud of smoke coming from the building and also witnessed slag and dust covering the ground around the area.

Company officials informed the fire department that ash fell into a tank, causing a vapor release.

A small separate fire was caused from falling hot ash.

Neighbors around the plant should wash any items that may have been affected by the falling ash.

Officials with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency were contacted to take samples from around the area.

The National Weather Service, Hancock County officials and the city health commissioner were also notified of the incident.

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