Fire out at SW Kansas chemical plant

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MINNEOLA, Kan. (KAKE) -

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

The fire was reported at around 11:30 a.m. at EGE Products near Minneola. Crews from Ford and Clark counties responded to the fire.

Ford County Fire Lt. James Warnke said the fire at the plant, which primarily makes biodiesel, was contained after about four hours. He said crews were waiting for the blaze to burn out at the plant.

No injuries were reported.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook that residents up to 4 miles north and 4 miles west of the plant were asked to evacuate because of concerns about the smoke and possible chemicals in the smoke.

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

The plant is about 150 miles  west of Wichita.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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