Fire out at biofuel plant in Clark County

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CLARK COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A fire has been extinguished at EGE Product, a biofuel plant northwest of Minneola in Clark County.

Emergency crews say two buildings on the property were destroyed and several tanks exploded.

A voluntary evacuation was put in place four miles west and four miles north of the plant. Most of the homes were in Ford County.

Ford County Fire Lt. James Warnke said there were fewer than 10 homes in the 4-mile evacuation radius around the plant.

No one was hurt in the fire.

The National Weather Service says the ethanol fire was emitting toxic smoke and possible chemicals in the smoke was falling in that area.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture says the plant manufactures additives for fertilizer that are designed to keep fertilizer to drifting into the air.