Biofuel facility catches fire in southern NM

ANTHONY, N.M. (KRQE) – A series of explosions and a fire at biofuel facility prompted a huge evacuation Tuesday in Anthony, New Mexico.

The plant is known to have large quantities of methanol, hydrochloric acid and bio-diesel fuel.

Everyone within a half mile radius was evacuated because of the threat of more explosions.

That included about 350 homes.

The initial fire was reported at about 10 o’clock Tuesday morning and it took several hours to get it under control.

A manager for the facility says no one was hurt and it’s still unclear what caused the incident.

The evacuation order was lifted at about 2pm, but roads remains closed.

Officials are still trying to determine what chemicals were released during the fire.

 

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