UPDATE: Fire is out at the Northwood Ag Products facility

UPDATE (5pm):

NORTHWOOD, Iowa – The Iowa State Patrol is confirming that roadways near Northwood are open, and the fire at the Northwood Ag Products facility is out.

FROM EARLIER:

- The Mayor of Northwood is confirming to KIMT News 3 that residents of Northwood can return to their homes, after a late afternoon air check comes back clear.  The Iowa Department of Transportation is clearing the roads to make it safe for residents to return  A follow up air check will be done when the weather clears.  This news follows an earlier evacuation order for residents, following a fire at a fertilizer storage facility, Northwood Ag Products.  Also, Highway 65 is now opened once again, that’s according to the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Update (2:16pm): From reporter Levi Ismail on the scene in Worth County, firefighters are now conducting air quality tests in Northwood, with an eye on potentially allowing people back home around 4 p.m.

Update (1:47pm): Information is still trickling into our newsroom. The fire is still continuing at this hour and residents remain at the Kensett Community Center among others. Highway 105 has been closed as well as Highway 65 near Northwood.

Mercy Medical Center North Iowa tells us they have had four patients come in because of this emergency. They are also prepared to take in more.

The Red Cross has setup a hotline, the number is below. If you have any photos of the blaze, make sure you send them to KIMT.com

Update: We are now learning from officials that it’s not a chemical plant but rather a storage facility, but it’s still a very dangerous situation. We’ll have more updates on Midday.

NORTHWOOD, Iowa – Authorities have now evacuated the town of Northwood after a fire at a storage facility. It’s located by the Worth County Airport and is identified as Northwood Ag Products.

Kensett Mayor Tom Dakin tells us they are bringing in the people of Northwood to their Community Center. Officials say they are busing people from Northwood to Kensett.

According to officials the concern is the fire at the plant and the chemicals inside, which authorities say is pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides. The National Weather Service has also issued a Civil Emergency Message for Worth County.

Stay tuned to KIMT News 3 for the very latest.

Red Cross Number: 515-243-7681

 

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