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Crews monitoring Winnsboro plant fire overnight

WINNSBORO, Texas (KETK) - Emergency management personnel are staying overnight to monitor the scene of a plant fire in Wood County. 

The fire, at Valley Feed Mill, involves Ammonium Nitrate and is creating toxic fumes. Officials say the safest course of action is for the fire to burn itself out.

A half mile perimeter of the blaze, at 1211 E. Coke Road, has been evacuated, according to Wood County Fire Marshal Tully Davison. Officials say the evacuation will remain in effect until Wednesday, when they evaluate the situation. 

Anyone outside of this radius should shelter in place and refrain from opening windows. 

Davison says he is only aware of one person that was taken to the hospital for eye irritation. He said the person was working in a field downwind of the fire.

An assistant living home, Autumn Winds, was also evacuated due to the proximity of the fire. 

A command center with equipment to monitor the air quality has been set up. An information/hydration shelter for evacuees has also been set up at WISD Rock Gym at 100 Newsome Street. 

An ambulance has been staged at the Winnsboro Fire Station at 501 S Main for any citizens that have any medical issues related the fire.

Winnsboro ISD says it's safe for students and staff to attend school at all campuses. However, all outdoor activities at Memorial Middle School will be conducted inside. They add bus routes will be adjusted to avoid FM 515 and and parts of Texas Highway 11. 

KETK will update this story as more details become available.


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