Fire out at biofuel plant in Clark County

CLARK COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) 10 p.m.

Courtesy Tara Lynn

After hours of work in the heat Tuesday, fire crews were able to get the fire under control at the EGE Product bio-fuel facility west of Minneola.

The plumes of thick smoke could be seen for miles and that's what prompted voluntary evacuations Tuesday afternoon. The emergency manager in Clark County says there was a concern because the chemicals could be dangerous.

The company's owners dispute the danger, saying nothing toxic emitted out of the smoke. Their main concern is damage to their business, but they say they're thankful that no one was injured.

EGE Product owners say they don't know the extent of the damage to their facility or what caused the fire, but their bio-diesel operation, farm shop and offices were impacted.

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6:10 p.m.

A fire has been extinguished at EGE Product, a biofuel plant northwest of Minneola in Clark County.

Firefighters are still on the scene monitoring the situation.

Emergency crews say two buildings on the property were destroyed and several tanks exploded.

Firefighters from Clark, Ford and Meade counties, Minneola and Englewood all responded to the fire. A foam truck was also used to fight the fire.

A voluntary evacuation was put in place four miles west and four miles north of the plant. Most of the homes were in Ford County.

No was one hurt in the fire.
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1:26 p.m.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office now says residents within four miles west and north of the EGE Biofuel plant are being asked to leave their homes.

The evacuations have been ordered due to the smoke and possible chemicals in the smoke that could be falling in that area.

The National Weather Service says the ethanol fire is emitting toxic smoke and residents southwest of Ford County, west of Hwy 238, and south of Windy Road should evacuate east.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office says this is a safety precaution. Residents are being asked to be mindful of the wind if it changes direction.
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1:12 p.m.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to stay away from a fire at the EGE Biofuel plant.

The sheriff's office says multiple fire agencies are on scene for the fire which is located northwest of Minneola.

"STAY ALERT there are chemicals burning," reads the post on the sheriff's office Facebook page.

The sheriff's office says there is no immediate threat to area residents, but with chemicals involved, there may be evacuation if winds change directions.