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UPDATE: 4 people seek treatment after Northwood chemical fire

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NORTHWOOD, Iowa (FOX 47) -- Authorities in Northwoood have evacuated residents as firefighters battle a fertilizer fire at Northwood Ag Products at Northwood Municipal Airport.

A Civil Emergency Message was issued shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday. Several residents heard explosions when the fire broke out. A plume of smoke could be seen over Northwood.

According to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City, four people have sought treatment at the hospital. Their conditions are not known at this time. The Iowa State Patrol says the fertilizer contains sulfuric acid and can cause vomiting and respiratory problems.

Worth County Emergency Management is asking Northwood residents to evacuate to the Kensett Community Center approximately six miles south of Northwood on Highway 65.

NewsCenter's Devin Bartolotta is at the Kensett Community Center and says portable toilets and water were delivered at about 12 p.m.

The Iowa State Patrol, Northwood police and the sheriff's department are assisting at the scene.

We'll have the latest information on KTTC.com and the NewsCenter at 5.

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