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South Salinas under shelter-in-place order after fire at Taylor Farms

UPDATE 15:00 h

Officers from the Salinas Fire Department have announced that evacuation and shelter orders have been lifted on the spot by the Taylor Farm incident.

“I am very grateful for the patience of our residents. I acknowledge the inconvenience over the last more than 17 hours. Their safety has been our number one priority,” said Mayor Kimbley Craig. “A big question I ask our community is to stay away from the area.”

The mayor added that it is still an active scenario.

Schools in the Salinas Union School District will reopen to students on Friday.

Original story

Parts of southern Salinas were evacuated Wednesday night after fire crews responded to a fire at Taylor Farms.

At around 7:15 p.m., Salinas firefighters responded to a fire alarm at the Abbott Street business. When firefighters arrived, they reported that the building was “very involved in the fire.”

Not long after, crews learned that the fire had caused a potential explosion and a cloud of ammonia.

A shelter order was issued on the spot for the surrounding areas and city officials asked the resident to close the windows and turn off the ventilation systems. Firefighters say they are “acting with great caution.”

Smoke came out of a destroyed Taylor Farms building in the early hours of the morning in Salinas, California, on Thursday, April 14, 2022.

What we know

As of Thursday morning, more than 22 firefighters across Monterey County had responded to the incident at the Taylor Farm processing plant, according to Salinas officials.

“The fire has advanced to the point that it poses a significant risk to a possible explosion of ammonia found at the plant,” said Deputy Chief of Fire Sam Klemek. “For that reason, we have removed our units to a safe area and we have begun evacuation warnings from the area near the plant.”

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