PURDY, Mo. – Firefighters and police officers in Purdy evacuated the area of W. Washington Street and a three-block radius due to a fire. As of 9:15 p.m., only one black surrounding the scene is still evacuated due to concern about hazardous materials in the area.
MSHP directed traffic due to fertilizer causing smaller explosions at the Purdy Farm Center. Route C. near Purdy is currently closed to traffic, but Highway 37 is reopened.
Firefighters have the fire contained, but they are still working to ensure it is put out completely.
The Purdy Farm Center wrote on Facebook this evening that they are thankful to the firefighters and other law enforcement who helped fight the fire.
“We are thanking God and the Purdy Fire Protection District, the Purdy Police Department along with surrounding firefighters and law enforcement who responded quickly to the fire on our property that everyone is safe,” the post reads.
They say that while one of their buildings was lost to the fire, the store will still operate tomorrow.
The Purdy Fire Chief says that he believes the explosions were not caused by fertilizer exploding, but rather by machinery.
Three firefighters received minor injuries from fighting the flames and were treated at the scene.
This is a breaking news story. OzarksFirst has a crew on the way to the scene and we will update the story as details become available.