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Fire at Omaha chemical plant forces residents to evacuate their homes

Hundreds of residents were also left without power Monday night after the blaze at the Nox-Crete plant. No injuries have been reported, officials said.
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A major fire tore through a chemical plant near downtown Omaha, Nebraska, on Monday night, forcing some residents in the area to evacuate their homes and leaving hundreds without power. 

In photos shared by the Omaha Fire Department, smoke could be seen billowing out from the Nox-Crete facility, which manufactures chemical products, according to its website.

Fire Battalion Chief Scott Fitzpatrick said no one was at the business when firefighters arrived at around 7 p.m. local time (8 p.m. ET) Monday. He said there were no injuries to report as of late Monday.

Flames shoot up at the scene of a three-alarm fire at Nox-Crete, Inc., in Omaha, Neb., on May 30, 2022.
Flames shoot up Monday at the scene of a three-alarm fire at Nox-Crete Inc. in Omaha, Neb.Chris Machian / Omaha World-Herald via AP

It is unclear what caused the blaze, which caused several large propane bottles to explode, Fitzpatrick said. "We also do know that they stored hazardous chemicals in this structure," he said.

According to its website, Nox-Crete manufactures form coating and deactivator, as well as "liquid floor hardeners, joint fillers, curing and sealing compounds, water repellents and much more." NBC News has contacted Nox-Crete for comment.

Fitzpatrick said nearby residents and businesses had been advised to evacuate the area. He could not say exactly how many people were affected or when they would be able to return to their homes.

The Omaha Fire Department tweeted that a nearby community center had been opened to provide shelter for evacuees.

Nearly 2,500 customers were without power in neighborhoods near the scene of the fire Monday night, according to KETV-TV of Omaha. By early Tuesday, the total number of outages in Omaha had dropped to fewer than 250, according to the Omaha Public Power District's website.