NORFOLK, Neb. (KTIV) -- Residents within one mile of the former Protient Plant, located at 702 Omaha Avenue, in Norfolk, Nebraska are being evacuated following a propane tank fire near the plant.
Firefighters responded to the fire at the 30,000-gallon propane tank around 7 a.m. Thursday. Authorities are going door-to-door to carry out a mandatory evacuation of every building within a 1-mile radius of the fire.
Evacuees face wind chills dipping well below zero. They are being directed to go to the Norfolk City Auditorium.
No injuries from the fire have been reported.
Several roads have been closed in the area. Highway 81 is closed at the Highway 32 junction and Highway 275 is closed at Highway 24. Motorists are being urged to avoid the area.
The Nebraska State Patrol says it is sending in a specially equipped helicopter to help monitor the fire.
Protient had manufactured and marketed dairy-based ingredients for dairy products.
NewsChannel Four crews are on the way to Norfolk, we will have more reports as information becomes available.