Fire rages at North Miss. biofuel plant; too hot for firefighters
Published: January 22,2014
NEW ALBANY — A fire at a bio-diesel facility near New Albany was burning Wednesday and was so hot that firefighters could not get close enough to fight it, the Mississippi Highway Patrol said.
The fire at North Mississippi Biodiesel was reported at about 5:30 a.m., Highway Patrol spokesman Trooper First Class Ronny Hall said. He said several state and federal agencies were on the scene, but firefighters were letting the fire burn out.
Hall said he’s not aware of any injuries.
“At this time we believe everybody has been accounted for,” he said.
David L. Franks, listed as North Mississippi Biodiesel’s vice president in documents filed with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office, declined to answer any questions when contacted today by The Associated Press. The company was incorporated in 2005, according to secretary of state’s office records.
Phil Nanney, executive director of the Union County Development Association, told AP that firefighters have the situation under control and plan to let the fire burn out.
Nanney said the business is “relatively small operation” with about five employees. He said a church daycare center near the plant asked parents to keep their children home Wednesday as a precaution.
“A large plume of smoke could be seen from several miles away,” Nanney said.
Hall said two businesses across the highway were evacuated as a precaution. There were no homes nearby.
The plant is located near New Albany on Mississippi Highway 15, which has been closed to traffic. Hall said the facility has up to six storage tanks that hold materials used in making biodiesel fuel.
New Albany is a town of about 8,000 people in northeast Mississippi.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Twang & Tourism: The Country Music Trail
Top Posts & Pages
- Judge intends to rule on McDaniel's challenge before general election
- Oxford’s FNC getting new headquarters
- QUIRKY? NO, JERKY — Whatever your craving, Beef Jerky Outlets likely has the flavor among 200+ choices
- (UPDATE) I-20 partially closed as vehicle carrying hazardous materials burns
- Coast family wins $644K in tideland lawsuit against state
- Officials set hunting dates for birds; expands dove season by 20 days
- State’s MAGIC accounting system works, albeit with glitches
- Corps official: River needs larger ports, locks and dams
- C Spire, UM installing Wi-Fi network at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium