Shelter in Place after AL Fertilizer Fire

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 @ 04:08 PM gHale

A fire at a fertilizer plant in rural Alabama Saturday spread caustic smoke and prompted an order for hundreds of residents to stay inside before firefighters were able to put it out.

The early morning fire in Atmore, AL, 50 miles northwest of Mobile near the Florida state line, occurred before 5:30 a.m. at the Tiger-Sul Products plant, company spokesman Usman Khalid said.

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The sulfur fire had forced about 200 to 300 residents near the plant to remain inside their homes as a precaution, said Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks.

There were no injuries in the blaze as the fire engulfed a warehouse on the plant site.

The plant was closed at the time, Khalid said. 

Tiger-Sul manufactures sulfur fertilizer, including sulfur bentonite, according to the company’s website.

Khalid said the local fire department was conducting air testing after the fire was extinguished Saturday afternoon and did not immediately have information on any potential health hazards from the smoke.

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