A fire erupted Tuesday at a farm supply store in Slocomb, Alabama that houses dangerous chemicals. The fire forced the evacuation of more than 4,000 people.
The fire at Mathis Farm Supply sent flames and white clouds of potentially toxic smoke into the air. Authorities said the building contained numerous fertilizer products, including ammonia nitrate.
A spokesman for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency said the entire town of 4,200 people was told to leave their homes, schools and workplaces after the fire started.
Officials said schoolchildren were taken to the local high school's stadium and an elementary school gym away from the fire. Shelters were set up at two area churches.
Hazmat teams from Dothan, Fort Rucker and Enterprise were sent to the scene. There are no reports of injuries.
The Red Cross is in the area providing help with food and shelter. The Red Cross is also offering assistance to those residents who left abruptly and were not able to take their medications with them. Those in need of shelter, or assistance with retrieving their medications can call (334) 886-2200 or (334) 797-2422.
Authorities have not released information as to when residents of the town may return to their homes, work or schools.
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