AMBOY, Ill.(KWQC)- UPDATE 12:15 pm: One Nutrien Ag Solutions was damaged in a fire on Friday morning.
The mutual aid response utilized barrier protection to prevent damage to any other buildings, a process that took 30 to 45 minutes.
The evacuations issued affected roughly 50 residents in the are and 30-night shift employees at a nearby business. The evacuation was issued due to concerns about possible chemical contamination in the air from the fire.
Officials confirmed that there were herbicide products housed in that specific building but the steel drums were not damaged and no chemicals were released. Precautions to prevent any runoff in case of chemical release were put in place by first responders. "We are 100% confident there is no danger to the community." said a spokesperson.
Nutrien Ag Solutions officials say they luckily had no injuries from their staff or first responders.
While it is unclear how the fire started Nutrien Ag Solutions is determined to rebuild and hopefully return to business as usual by tomorrow. "We will definitely rebuild at that facility."
UPDATE at 11:00 am - The Amboy Fire Protection District will be holding a press conference at noon to discuss the response to the fire.
Chief Jeff Bryant will discuss the fire, the agencies’ response, and that the initial precautionary evacuation has been lifted.
UPDATE at 8:45 a.m. - Crews are at a fire at Nutrien Ag Solutions near Amboy, Illinois. A first responder on scene tells KWQC there was an explosion at the bulk chemical plant, which houses the majority of the chemicals.
Crews say the fire is under control. No injuries are being reported. Nutrien Ag Solutions, formerly Crop Production Services, is an agricultural chemicals supplier. Officials are planning a news conference at noon.
UPDATE: Amboy Fire Department says the evacuation order for the area has now been lifted.
Amboy Fire Department says they are responding to a fire at Crop Production Services located at 1076 Corrigedor Rd.
Officials say a 2-mile radius around the fire was evacuated for safety reasons.
We have a crew headed to the scene now and are working to get more information.