Overnight fire at Dixon business prompts evacuations

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DIXON, Illinois -- Dozens of people were evacuated from their homes overnight after a chemical fire started at a nearby business.

At 3:24 a.m., Friday, September 14, emergency crews were called to a fire at Nutrient Ag Solutions on Corregidor Road in Dixon, Illinois.

A spokesperson from the Amboy Fire Protection District said a building on site was fully engulfed in fire when they arrived.

About 50 nearby residents were evacuated from their homes and about 30 people working the night shift at a local factory were evacuated as well.

Firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to any other buildings and put up a barrier to prevent the spread of chemical contamination, said the fire protection district's spokesperson.

The evacuation was lifted around 6:30 a.m.  A spokesperson from Nutrien Ag Solutions confirmed that there were no chemicals release during the fire.

There were no reported injuries.  The company spokesperson apologized for any inconvenience the incident caused.

Officials said they were unsure how the fire started.

One resident, Cameron Jacobs, said he was startled by a boom he heard in the middle of the night.

"It's literally behind my house," Jacobs said. "I heard one of the explosions."

Jacobs said police went door to door in his neighborhood and made everyone evacuate.  Police were reportedly not letting anyone within two miles of the fire.

Nearby roads were reportedly blocked off because of the fire.  Smoke was still in the air after 8 a.m.

Charred remains of part of the facility smolder after a chemical fire on Sept. 14.

Smoke from the chemical fire is visible in the morning sky on Sept. 14.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly named Allied Locke Industries, Inc. as the origin business of the fire.  It has been corrected to say Nutrien Ag Solutions.

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