Fire Rips Through Omaha Chemical Plant, Cutting Power to Thousands

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A fire that raged through a chemical company just southwest of downtown Omaha forced some nearby residents to evacuate and left thousands without power.

KETV reports that thick smoke billowed from the Nox-Crete facility Monday night, but no injuries had been reported.

Authorities said Tuesday morning the flames had been extinguished and people who’d been told to leave their homes could return.

Battalion Chief Scott Fitzpatrick said the first call for help came shortly before 7 p.m. Fitzpatrick said firefighters first struggled to access the fire, then realized it was bigger than first thought and pulled back knowing there were chemicals and propane bottles on site.

Pottawattamie County Emergency Management says the smoke poses no toxicity risks. Omaha

Public Power District said more than 2,500 customers were without electricity in the neighborhoods near the fire.

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