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Chemical Plant Fire in Mississippi Forces Evacuations

April 12, 2019

A fire this Thursday afternoon at Drexel Chemical Company production facility in Tunica, MS forced an evacuation of homes and businesses within a half-mile of the plant to evacuate due to the presence of potentially hazardous materials, several local news organizations reported. 

First responders were called to the chemical plant at about 3 p.m. Officials told Memphis, TN-based television news station WHBQ that the flames were contained to insulation in the structure. The facility reportedly produces agricultural-related chemicals like pesticides and fertilizer. 

“We did the evacuations just until we found out what we had burning,” Tunica County Fire Chief Scott Goff said in an interview with the Tunica Times, “and we didn’t even have to put any water on it, it burned itself out.”

The blaze was quickly put out. Drexel Chemical said it has sent a crew to the Tunica plant following the incident in coverage by NBC News affiliate WREG. 

No injuries were reported during the fire. 

Established in 1972, Memphis, TN-based Drexel Chemical generates more than $100 million in sales annually, according to the firm’s website. The company produces water dispersible granules, wettable powders, aqueous liquids, emulsifiable concentrates, and liquid flowable formulations. 

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