Omaha Firefighters Fight Fire And Explosions At Chemical Plant [VIDEO]
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Omaha fire crews spent the night battling a three-alarm chemical fire just south of the downtown area.
The call came in around 7 pm Monday at the Nox- Crete facility. Overnight crews battled the fire, eventually turning it down to a two-alarm situation says KMTV.
The Omaha Fire Department recommended people in nearby areas evacuate due to the smoke and fire. Earlier this morning the evacuation notice for residents in the area was lifted.
The Nox-Crete facility makes concrete sealing products and works with chemicals. The facility also housed propane bottles.
According to KETV, explosions were seen between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. as part of the building collapsed, rupturing the propane containers. Projectiles could be seen flying 50 feet into the air.
Most of the fire was out by late Tuesday, however, there are still firefighters on the scene putting out hotspots said an article in CNN. Tuesday morning, Battalion Chief Scott Fitzpatrick told reporters they no longer believe the smoke coming off the fire is a threat to the public.
Fitzpatrick says there were some challenges putting the fire out due to limited access. There are railroad tracks on both sides of the building making it hard to back the structure to put water on the fire.
Firefighters did work with Union Pacific and Burlington Railroad to shut down those railways to ensure safety. Omaha Public Power also shut down the power lines to the area to protect firefighters from fallen lines.
Omaha Public Works is monitoring chemicals going into wastewater to ensure they are able to be taken care of at the treatment plant.
The cause of the fire has not been identified. No injuries have been reported from civilians or first responders.
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