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Chemical Fire Empties Perdue Processing Plant on Va. Eastern Shore, Causes Shelter Warning

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ACCOMAC, Va. (WBOC/AP)- A chemical fire at a poultry plant in Virginia led the plant to be evacuated and locals warned to stay indoors.

Two tanks holding paracetic acid and sodium chloride caught fire Wednesday afternoon at Perdue Farms in Accomac. The tanks were near a fuel tank, which caused additional worries.

Accomack County Board of Supervisors Chairman Donald L. Hart Jr. says fighting the fire with water could have caused an explosion, so authorities allowed it to burn out. The facility was completely closed and evacuated.

Residents within north and northeast of the facility were warned to stay indoors to avoid current air conditions The fire was extinguished early Thursday. The plant resumed operation that same day, according to Perdue Farms' officials. 

No injuries were immediately reported. The state Department of Emergency management assisted with cleanup.


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