A massive fire erupted at the Nox-Crete chemical production company in Omaha around 7pm yesterday. Firefighters have been battling burning fuel, exploding propane tanks, collapsing walls, and thick black plumes of smoke for hours. A shelter in place warning was issued as the flames spread. Officials are now urging the public to evacuate surrounding buildings due to the thick, black smoke pouring into downtown. Authorities want residents to know the scene is “still an active fire scene at 1415 S. 20th St. We are at a 3 alarm fire at this time. We are recommending evacuations from 13th to 20th Leavenworth to Martha, due to the smoke from the fire.”
Officials are not sure what caused the fire at this time. No injuries have been reported. Around 2,500 residents that live near the scene have been without power since 9:30 pm last night. A Foam Task Force had been dispatched to assist firefighters.
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