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A two-alarm fire broke out Thursday afternoon at the ACH Foam Technologies plant and warehouse in Kansas City, KN, sending thick black smoke billowing skyward.

The fire call came in at 1:40 p.m. Thursday in the 80,000-square-foot facility in the 1400 block of North Third Street. About 60 employees working at the site evacuated safely. ACH Foam technologies is an Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) manufacturer.

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The smoke wafted east across the river and over downtown Kansas City before firefighters extinguished the flames.

The fire started in a large amount of polystyrene insulation materials, said Fire Chief John Paul Jones. Firefighters using an aggressive interior attack knocked down the flames, which had spread up toward the roof.

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Flames also got close to large propane tanks on the property. Fire crews doused the tanks with water to cool them and prevent a rupture, Jones said.

The Fire Department brought in its airboat to use the large fan to clear smoke from the building, he said.

Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.

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