Firefighters battle chemical plant blaze
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.