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Mississippi Factory Fire Prompts Warnings, School Closures

WCBI reporter Salena Schaffer posted a video of the Houston, Mississipp, factory fire on Twitter. (Twitter/@SalenaWCBI)

By    |   Friday, 05 May 2017 02:40 PM

A massive fire at a factory in Houston, Mississippi, on Friday led to warnings for residents and schools in the area being closed early because of the thick, black smoke.

The fire was at the site of a former ceramics plant that was believed to be storing polyfoam, WCBI reported. Chemicals in polyfoam can irritate eyes and throats when burned and disbursed through smoke, so Houston officials asked people to stay indoors and keep windows closed and air conditioners off to avoid exposure.

Schools in Houston were dismissed at 12:15 p.m. Friday to protect students, Mississippi News Now reported. The elementary school nearest the fire’s location kept students inside with doors and windows closed as well as the air conditioner turned off until they were dismissed.

According to WAPT, one worker in the building when the fire began said he thought it started because of an electrical problem, but that information was not confirmed, said fire marshalls who still need to conduct an investigation when the fire is extinguished.

No one was reported injured in the fire.

Clouds of black smoke could be seen from a considerable distance Friday, WJTV reported.

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