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Previous Plating Fire Experience Helped Firefighters In Leslie

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LESLIE, MI (WLNS) - After flames ripped through the Adams Plating Company in December of 2010, neighbors living in Lansing Township dealt with some serious problems.

"There was a lot of water running down the streets and into other properties, and that spread the chemicals to some point,” said Edward Vanous, Lansing Township resident.

Hazardous chemicals like chrome and nickel, the same chemicals of concern at this Leslie plating plant that burned to the ground Tuesday night.

"It was fast, it happened so fast."

People living near the plant say they feel authorities handled the dangerous fire and the dangerous chemicals well and officials credit the good work to what they learned from that 2010 blaze.

"What we learned from that is to contain that, make sure that that doesn't happen by putting plastic over the catch basins and to bring in sand to make sure that we minimize the contamination,” said Officer Clyde Smith, Leslie Police Department.

Lansing Township residents say after the situation in their neighborhood officials went door-to-door, checking homes and making sure everything was alright, a process they hope will happen for those in Leslie as well.

Officials say right now the drinking water is safe to drink, but they are continuing to run tests and monitor the area to make sure the lessons they learned in Lansing Township will pay off for residents in Leslie.

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