Potential Chemical Release Prompts Evacuation in Rural Mower County
An evacuation order was issued late this afternoon for a rural area long the Minnesota-Iowa border in Mower County.
The Sheriff's Office says deputies went door-to-door within a one-mile radius of a farm located at 70587 110th Street in rural Adams to evacuate residents because of a potential chemical release from a fire in a hog confinement barn. The affected area included portions of Mitchell County in Iowa.
A statement says the person reporting the fire around 3:35 PM indicated the building had received a chemical treatment earlier today, resulting in concerns about the potential for the spread of the compound in the smoke. Firefighters from Adams, Leroy, Rose Creek, and Stacy Iowa responded to the fire. As of 6 PM, fire crews were still at the scene extinguishing the fire, but nearby residents were being allowed to return to their homes.
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