- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

ANTHONY, N.M. (AP) - Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire and explosions at a southern New Mexico biofuel facility where some railroad ties continue to smolder.

Officials say there were no injuries from the large fire and explosions Tuesday at the Rio Valley Biofuels facility near the town of Anthony.

Hundreds of homes were evacuated but residents were allowed to return to their homes by early afternoon.

The Sheriff’s Office says crews are letting the railroad ties burn and that the smoke being reported by some residents isn’t toxic.

Dona Ana County sheriff’s spokeswoman Kelly Jameson says tanks that exploded contained toxic chemicals, including glycerin, hydrochloric acid, methanol, sodium methylate and bio-diesel.



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