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UPDATE: Fire destroys building at AgVantage FS in Eldora

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UPDATE ( 10:22 p.m.) -- Streets are back open in Eldora as the fire has come under control at the AgVantage FS site on Edgington Avenue.

According to Edora's Fire Chief, they were called out around 4 p.m. to the fire. Due to the hazardous nature of the fire, it kept several fire departments and the hazmat team from Waterloo busy for hours.

Aaron Clemons, Eldora Fire Chief, said there was pot ash inside the shed and when pot ash comes into contact with fire it becomes dangerous. Several blocks, chiefly to the north of the site, were evacuated until the fire was brought under control.

The plant manager of the site said the shed was mostly empty and unused at the time, so they will still be able to continue operations.

The big concern was with a nearby creek. Water from the fire ran down the storm drains and into the creek which leads to the Iowa River. The Iowa DNR was called in to make sure contaminants didn't make it to the river. The creek was quickly dammed and the water was pumped into tanker trucks.

There were no injuries reported and Chief Clemons said they still don't know an exact cause of the fire.


ELDORA, Iowa (KWWL) — Emergency officials are currently on scene of a structure fire involving hazardous materials at the FS on Edgington Avenue. Please stay away from the area as emergency crews stop the fire.

It is reported that homeowners near the area should stay inside their residences and shut all windows. Do not breathe in the smoke.

More details as this develops.

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