Fire­fight­ers bat­tle chem­i­cal plant blaze

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

A plant that pro­duces agri­cul­tural chem­i­cals caught fire Satur­day in south­west Alabama, blan­ket­ing the area with po­ten­tially haz­ardous smoke and prompt­ing an or­der for peo­ple to stay in­side.

Po­lice said the fire be­gan be­fore dawn at a fac­tory op­er­ated by Tiger-Sul Prod­ucts, and crews were still there hours later. No in­juries were re­ported.

At­more Po­lice Chief Chuck Brooks told WALA-TV that sul­fur was burn­ing in a ware­house, and the 200 to 300 res­i­dents near­est the plant were asked to stay in­side their homes as a pre­cau­tion.

“It is ex­tremely hard to breathe near the ware­house,” Brooks said.

Sher­iff ’s of­fi­cials closed part of U.S. Route 31 be­cause of the smoke and di­verted traf­fic to In­ter­state 65.

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