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A fire that started on a conveyer belt and then spread into piles of sulfur mixed with fertilizer forced an evac of the Helena Chemical Company in Fort Pierce, FL.

The fire forced Helena employees to evacuated immediately, officials said.

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In addition, people in neighboring businesses were asked to stay inside, said St. Lucie Fire District Public Information Officer, Brenda Stokes.

“Because it’s chemicals you have the HazMat operation that’s established so you have the Hazmat here and they will be here through the duration. When you have an incident, you have to find out what chemical it is before they can even start putting water on it because maybe it’s not going to react to water, “ Stokes said.

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All employees have been accounted for and are safe.

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