Crews respond to possible fire at Tunica chemical plant

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Tunica County Sheriff Department says agencies are on the scene of a possible fire at the Drexel Chemical plant just south of Tunica, Mississippi.

The sheriff's office says people within a quarter of mile of the plant have been evacuated.

There are no reports of any injuries.

A spokesperson for the Memphis-based company says they are aware of the situation and have sent a crew to respond. The representative said the company is not aware of any injuries.

Drexel has Memphis locations on Presidents Island (1305 Harbor and 1700 Channel Avenue) that have been fined twice by the EPA and once by OSHA in 2016 and 2017.

The Tunica location was fined $12,000 in 2016 by the EPA for violating Clean Air Act.

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