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ATMORE, ALABAMA (ALBOENEWS)— Early Saturday morning before dawn, a fire broke out at a plant that produces agricultural chemicals. The plant is located about 50 miles northeast of Mobile, in a small town of about 10,000.

The blaze created a blanket of smoke that covered the surrounding area with potentially hazardous smoke. The main chemical produced at the plant is agricultural sulfur, which can cause skin irritation and breathing problems.

About 200 to 300 nearby residents were instructed to stay indoors as a precaution due to the nature of the chemicals burning. Sheriff’s officials also closed part of U.S. 31 because of the smoke, diverting traffic to I-65. No injuries have been reported at this time, and there has been no word on what caused the fire.

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