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Fire contained at California food plant; evacuations remain

Firefighters put out a massive fire at a food processing plant in central California that prompted authorities to ask thousands of locals to evacuate Thursday and order tens of thousands more to stay indoors. The fire broke out Wednesday night at the Taylor Farms packaged salad factory in Salinas, about 110 miles (177 kilometers) south of San Francisco. The flames were brought under control late Thursday morning, but evacuation and evacuation orders remained while hazardous materials crews were working at the scene, said Sophia Rome, a spokeswoman for the city of Salinas. Authorities initially said they feared the fire could cause explosion and a pile of dangerous ammonia, but the Salinas Fire Department later said those threats appeared to be minimal. About 2,700 people living near the factory said they would be evacuated, while another 35,000 were ordered to take refuge in their homes, the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services said in a statement. Those who stayed at home were asked to close their windows and turn off their ventilation systems “until further notice”, the statement said. Officials said some people were evacuated after the fire was reported at 7:15 p.m. Officials did not say what caused the fire. A woman who answered the phone at Taylor Farms in Salinas told a reporter asking for comments to call him later for information. Salinas has a population of about 160,000 and is located in a key agricultural area.

Firefighters put out a massive fire at a food processing plant in central California that prompted authorities to ask thousands of locals to evacuate Thursday and order tens of thousands more to stay indoors.

The fire broke out Wednesday night at the Taylor Farms packaged salad factory in Salinas, about 110 miles (177 kilometers) south of San Francisco.

The flames were brought under control late Thursday morning, but shelter and evacuation orders remained while hazardous materials crews were working at the scene, said Sophia Rome, a spokeswoman for the city of Salinas.

Authorities initially said they feared the blaze could cause an explosion and a pile of dangerous ammonia, but the Salinas Fire Department later said the threats appeared to be minimal.

About 2,700 people living near the factory said they had to evacuate, while another 35,000 were ordered to take refuge in their homes, the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services said in a statement.

Those who stayed at home were asked to close their windows and turn off their ventilation systems “until further notice”, the statement said.

Officials said some people were evacuated after the fire was reported at 7:15 p.m. Officials did not say what caused the fire.

A woman who answered the phone at Taylor Farms in Salinas told a reporter asking for comments to call later for information.

Salinas has a population of about 160,000 and is located in a key agricultural area.

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