Fire forces evacuation of Kansas biofuel plant, surrounding area

KAKE – June 12, 2018

Fire crews in southwest Kansas responded Tuesday morning to a fire that forced the evacuation of a biofuel plant and the surrounding area.

The fire was reported at around 11:30 a.m. at EGE Products near Minneola. Firefighters from Ford and Clark counties responded to the fire.

Clark County emergency management reports the fire involved methanol, propane and Roundup. Video from the area shows a large plume of black smoke coming from the plant.

No injuries were reported.

The sheriff’s office said on Facebook that residents within four miles to the west and north of the plant were advised to evacuate “due to the smoke and possible chemicals in the smoke that could be falling in that area.”

“This is a safety precaution. Please be mindful of the wind if it changes direction,” the Facebook post says.

Update:

A fire has been extinguished at EGE Product, a biofuel plant northwest of Minneola in Clark County.

Firefighters are still on the scene monitoring the situation.

Emergency crews say two buildings on the property were destroyed and several tanks exploded.

Firefighters from Clark, Ford and Meade counties, Minneola and Englewood all responded to the fire. A foam truck was also used to fight the fire.

A voluntary evacuation was put in place four miles west and four miles north of the plant. Most of the homes were in Ford County.

No was one hurt in the fire.

 

Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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