A chemical fire in Northwood, Iowa has caused an entire evacuation of the small northern city. Firefighters are currently struggling to control the blaze while residents are forced to leave their homes.
According to the Worth County Sheriff’s office, the evacuation for the Northwood residents occurred after a chemical fire broke out at a nearby fertilizer plant in Northwood Municipal Airport. So far, reports have surfaced indicating that four people have sought treatment. There current conditions are unknown at this time.
The fire contains sulfuric acid and has been spreading. Over 2,000 residents were force to evacuate. According to local news sources, residents near the scene heard several loud explosions when the fire started. Police and Iowa State Patrol have blocked off Highway 105, the main road through Northwood, as the fire continues to consume the area. Police are also assisting residents during the evacuation process as firefighters continue to battle the blaze and control the fire from spreading further throughout the town.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Police and firefighters have not been able to investigate the source of the fire as firefighters continue to struggle to contain the blaze.
Chemical Fire in Northwood Iowa Evacuates Entire City.