Fire at southwest Kansas biofuels plant leads to evacuations

Fire contained to the plant after about 4 hours

June 12, 2018 - 11:54 pm

Fire officials have asked residents near a biofuels plant in southwest Kansas to evacuate their homes as they fight a fire at the plant.

Ford County Fire Lt. James Warnke said the fire at the EGE plant near Minneola was contained to the plant after about four hours Tuesday. He said crews were waiting for the blaze to burn out at the plant. Minneola is located about 150 miles west of Wichita.

No injuries were reported.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture says the plant manufactures additives for fertilizer that are designed to keep fertilizer from drifting into the air and also might work with ethanol.

Warnke said there are fewer than 10 homes in the 4-mile evacuation radius around the plant.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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