BREAKING/UPDATE: Fertilizer plant fire in Athens

Published on Thursday, 29 May 2014 19:33 - Written by

ATHENS, Texas (AP) - Police say they've cordoned off a five-block radius from an East Texas farming supply lot where a firefighters are battling a fertilizer fire.

 The fire is in Athens, Texas, a town of about 13,000 residents about 70 miles southeast of Dallas. It's unclear how much fertilizer is involved in the fire or if it's of the explosive ammonium nitrate type.

 However, police are telling reporters at the scene that no injuries have been reported.

 The lot is situated alongside the Union Pacific railroad tracks about 3 blocks from the Henderson County Courthouse at the center of the town's business district.

 Fertilizer fires have been of concern in Texas since an April 2013 fertilizer plant explosion killed 15, injured about 200 others and devastated the Central Texas town of West.