OSHA Investigating Explosion At Biofuel Plant

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(New Albany, MS) A fire continues to burn at JNS Biofuels on Highway 15.

Schools near the plant were closed Thursday.

OSHA now confirms it is investigating the plant.

Two explosions were reported early Wednesday morning.

Large storage tanks containing biofuel and other liquids have been burning.

The good news is none of the company’s employees or anyone living or working near the plant was injured.

The cause of the massive fire is still unknown.

There were two employees at the plant Wednesday morning when the fire started.

They escaped on foot unharmed.

But crews with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality were on the scene to monitor what was burning and to see if the thick cloud of black smoke posed any health risk.

Two businesses, employing 400 workers and a Union County Maintenance Shop directly across the highway, were not allowed to open Wednesday morning.

We’re told only one home was evacuated.

Firefighters from four departments are letting the fire burn itself out, but that is expected to take several more hours.