Fire strikes East Texas fertilizer lot

Athens fertilizer facility fire. (KXAS)
Athens fertilizer facility fire. (KXAS)

ATHENS, Texas (AP) — A fertilizer fire at an East Texas farm supply lot appears to be burning itself out.

The fire was in Athens, Texas, a town of about 13,000 residents about 70 miles southeast of Dallas. Police are telling reporters at the scene that no injuries have been reported.

Police had cordoned off a five-block radius from the East Texas Ag Supply lot where the fire struck about 6 p.m. As of 7:30 p.m., however, aerial video showed that where there had been a 60-foot column of flames, there was now little more than a smoking ruin framed by charred walls.

Fertilizer fires have been of concern in Texas since an April 2013 fertilizer plant explosion killed 15, injured about 200 others and devastated the Central Texas town of West.

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