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Residents allowed back into Northwood after fire

Authorities have lifted an evacuation order for residents of Northwood following a fertilizer fire at the local airport.

The Worth County Sheriff's Office says the evacuation was called off around 3 p.m. Thursday.  The order was originally issued after a fire broke out around 9 a.m. in a building that contained fertilizer at Northwood Municipal Airport.

Officials say a plume of smoke hung over the city, and the evacuation was necessary because of concern over the chemicals inside the building.

Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in nearby Mason City says four people sought treatment following the fire.  Their conditions were not released last night.

Northwood has a population of about 2,000 people.  It's located on the Minnesota state line about 130 miles north of Des Moines.

posted : February, 21st by KXEL


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