Urgent evacuations after fire and explosions at Omaha chemical plant

The fire at Nox-Crete, a chemical plant south of downtown Omaha, was reported just before 7 p.m., the city fire department said. Huge flames were consuming part of the building, sending columns of black smoke into the air, video from CNN affiliate KETV showed that evening.

Firefighters have recommended the evacuation of people living between South 13th and South 20th streets and Leavenworth and Martha streets “due to explosions and smoke from the fire,” the fire battalion chief told CNN on Monday. of the city, Scott Fitzpatrick.

Nox-Crete makes chemicals to make concrete work easier, according to the company’s website. CNN’s attempts to reach Nox-Crete for comment were not immediately successful.

Crews continued to battle the blaze early Tuesday, video from KETV showed. No injuries were reported Monday night, Fitzpatrick said. The fire penetrated the roof, “causing structural instability of the walls,” the Omaha Fire Department said in a news release.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known, the department said.

Evacuees could travel to the Columbus Community Center in Omaha if they need a place to shelter, the department said.

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