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HAZMAT EMERGENCY DECLARED; ANTHONY, N.M. AREA EVACUATION UNDERWAY

HAZMAT EMERGENCY DECLARED; ANTHONY, N.M. AREA EVACUATION UNDERWAY

UPDATED: May 27, 2014 12:27 p.m.

HAZMAT EMERGENCY DECLARED; ANTHONY, N.M. AREA EVACUATION UNDERWAY

               Responding entities to the event from Doña Ana County at this time include the Anthony, Santa Teresa, Chamberino, La Mesa, Mesquite and Chaparral Volunteer Fire Districts, with support from El Paso County Fire Department. Other responding entities include El Paso Electric Company, El Paso Natural Gas, Kinder-Morgan Gas Corporation and the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

The Incident Commander and the Emergency Operations Center are monitoring wind patterns to determine whether to expand the evacuation zone.

The current evacuation map is attached. According to U.S. Census data, there are 1,202 residents and 351 houses within the evacuation area. No injuries have been reported.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 27, 2014 11:24 a.m.

HAZMAT EMERGENCY DECLARED; ANTHONY, N.M. AREA EVACUATION UNDERWAY

                The Dona Ana County Emergency Operations Center has been activated, and evacuations are underway in a ½-mile area surrounding a major structure fire at a bio-fuel facility near Anthony N.M.

The fire was first reported at shortly after 9 a.m.  at 1940 Anthony Dr., at Rio Bio Fuel’s facility. A series of small explosions have been recorded. Fire crews from multiple Dona Ana County districts are on the scene with assistance from the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State Police.

Evacuees are being directed to Gadsden High School at 6301 N.M. 28.  The American Red Cross is coordinating its response.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but the facility is known to have large quantities of methanol, glycerin and sodium methylate, as well as vegetable oil, hydrochloric acid and bio-diesel fuel.  All of the hazardous materials are threatened by the fire.

Motorists are advised to avoid the Anthony area and to obey all police lines.

All responding agencies are sending representatives to the Emergency Operations Center so that resources and information can be carefully coordinated. An incident-command station on the scene of the fire is the primary source of information coming back to the EOC.

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Evacuation area