Residents sheltered in place because of a HazMat incident caused by a fire at Steel Technologies in Gallatin County, KY, Monday.
Authorities had advised people to stay indoors in Gallatin, Carroll and Switzerland counties. The order ended up lifted at 7:30 a.m.
The fire broke out in the back of the building located on U.S. 42 around 4 a.m. A passerby saw the smoke and called 911.
There were concerns because there are three types of chemicals inside that plant. Officials later said that none of them spilled or leaked because of the fire. The shelter in place order was put into place as a precaution.
There is extensive damage to the building and to some equipment.
Initially, US 42 was closed between Walnut Valley Road and Montgomery Road in Gallatin County due to the factory fire at Steel Technologies and the HazMat situation. That road has since reopened.
The EPA and the state fire marshal will investigate the cause of the fire.