The residents of Omaha, in the Nebraska of the United States, were called to evacuate their homes by the authorities, when a massive fire broke out in a chemical factory. The fire, which started Monday night, is categorized as a three-alarm fire, depicting the spread and severity of the fire.
The Omaha Fire Department shared a photo of the fire on Twitter on Tuesday. “3rd alarm fire on 1415 S 20th St. Active fire remains clear of the area. We still have units responding,” it said in the title.
3rd alarm fire at 1415 S 20th St.
Active fire Please stay away from the area. We still have units that respond pic.twitter.com/Na69D8njnl
– Omaha Fire Department (@OmahaFireDept) 31 May 2022
“Media at the third emergency fire please report on the north side of the 1415 S 20th St address by the OPD office blocking traffic on 20th Street just in front of the railroad bridge. We will have a quick press conference in 10 minutes at 20.07,” he said. the fire department continued.
The cause of the fire is not yet known. When the fire department realized that there were probably propane tanks and flammable chemicals in the plant, they stepped away from the flames.
“Due to the explosions and smoke from the fire,” City Fire Battalion Commander Scott Fitzpatrick told CNN, “everyone living between South 13th and South 20th Streets, such as Leavenworth and Martha Streets, must evacuate.”
According to Pottawattamie County Emergency Management, an agency involved in coordination, collaboration and integrated support services, the smoke emanating from the chemical plant has not caused any health threats.
From downtown Omaha, thick black smoke and fierce flames could be seen for miles. Hundreds of people gathered on roofs, porches and sidewalks to watch and record the fire. At 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, several massive explosions were recorded, with debris from the building asking police to stop people from entering the area, the Omaha World Herald reported.
Residents living near the downtown area are urged to stay home.