Fertilizer plant fire causes evacuations in western Kansas
LEOTI, Kan. (AP/KAKE) — A fire at a fertilizer company in western Kansas prompted evacuations Tuesday afternoon because hazardous materials were involved, officials said.
The Ford County Regional Hazardous Materials Team deployed to Leoti for the fire and was fighting the blaze and removing hazardous material, Wichita County Clerk Lynda Goodrich said.
The fire began around 3:30 p.m. at a Nutrien Ag Solutions plant in Leoti.
No injuries were immediately reported, company spokeswoman Jennifer Armbruster said.
Wichita County officials requested people to avoid the area.
The number of people evacuated wasn’t immediately clear. Evacuation orders were later lifted.
Goodrich said a temporary shelter was established at the Community Building in Leoti, a town of about 1,500 people.