The blaze broke out around 5:45 p.m. CDT in the town of
Athens, about 75 miles southeast of Dallas, and was brought
under control about three hours later, a police dispatcher said.
Fire crews were letting the remaining fire burn out, the
Athens authorities evacuated a five-block radius around the
warehouse, which rests just off the town's main square.
The facility is a processing area for East Texas AG Service,
town officials said, and the warehouse handles ammonium nitrate
fertilizer which can be combustible when heated.
Last year, ammonium nitrate stored at a West Texas, fertilizer
plant detonated, causing an explosion that killed 14 people and
injured around 200.
(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Leslie Adler and
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