Ford County Fire units responded to assist Clark County after reports of a structure fire at the Emergent Green Energy facility were reported.
Located at 450 County Road C, about a half mile west of Minneola, the fire at EGE was called in around 11:40 a.m. on Tuesday.
At this time it is unknown what caused the fire.
According to reports, evacuations were underway for four miles west and northwest of the EGE fire at 1 p.m.
According to their website, EGE was founded in 2007 and is a family-owned agricultural business.
They develop products for chemical applications to crops as well as converting used grease into biodiesel fuel that produces 1.2 million gallons of biodiesel annually since 2012.
Fire units remained on the scene as changing weather conditions added more issues with trying to contain the fire.
According to Kake News, Clark County emergency management reports the fire involved methanol, propane and Roundup.
No injuries were reported.
The Ford County Sheriff’s Office submitted a civil message request through the Dodge City National Weather Service regarding the evacuations due to the toxic smoke that was being emitted into the air from the ethanol fire.
For Ford County residents, evacuations were from west of Highway 283 and south of Windy Road.
Those residents were told to evacuate the area to the east of their location.
According to Ford County Fire Chief Robert Boyd, the fire will not be spreading but will still be burning throughout the night.
Fire units will be remaining on scene during that time as well.
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