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Mayor: Chemical fire’s impact on Winona Lake remains unclear…

WARSAW, Ind. (AP) _ A northern Indiana mayor says it's still unclear what impact a chemical plant fire had on a popular lake after chemicals mixed with firefighters' water entered the lake.
Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer said Monday in a statement that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management is still gathering information from the Warsaw Chemical Co. for a remediation order.
He says Grace College's Center for Lakes and Streams will play “an important role in the assessment.''
The Indianapolis Star reports state natural resources officers estimate several thousand gallons of water from firefighters' hoses mixed with chemicals, mostly methanol, and washed into Winona Lake during Friday's fire at the plant.
Winona Lake is a popular recreation spot in Warsaw, a city of about 14,000 residents about 40 miles southeast of South Bend.

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