Editors note: KSN has corrected the exact location of the hazmat situation from what was previously reported to the Nutrien Ag Solutions facility.
LEOTI, Kan. (KSNW) — Officials say a fire at a fertilizer company in western Kansas prompted evacuations Tuesday afternoon because hazardous materials were involved.
Wichita County Clerk Lynda Goodrich says the Ford County Regional Hazardous Materials Team deployed to Leoti for the fire Tuesday afternoon and was fighting the blaze and removing hazardous material. The fire began around 3:30 p.m. at a Nutrien Ag Solutions plant in Leoti. The plant is located at 505. N. 4th St.
Nutrien Ag Solutions Senior Advisor Jennifer Armbruster says no injuries were immediately reported. Wichita County officials requested people to avoid the area and evacuation was conducted within a half-mile of the plant.
Fire Chief Charlie Hughes said the fire was contained to a forklift and nonhazardous chemicals.
Everyone that was evacuated was allowed back into their home Tuesday night.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will be on the scene to help find the cause and cleanup.