All evacuations lifted in Brownfield West Gin fire
BROWNFIELD, TX (KCBD) - The Farmers Co-op in Brownfield, along with homes and other businesses were evacuated Thursday after a fire broke out at the West Gin. The evacuations are due to the fueling station at the co-op, where they also store propane. The co-op is in a lot next to the gin. U.S. Hwy. 380 was also shut down to traffic for much of the afternoon and early evening due to the fire.
As of 6 p.m. Thursday the evacuation was lifted for homes and businesses to the north of the fire. Brownfield Police tell KCBD the propane tanks burned out. By 7:30 p.m. all evacuations had been lifted.
Officials initially cleared a four-block area around the gin. TxDOT and Brownfield Police went door-to-door to evacuate homes and businesses.
Brownfield ISD says because of the fire, buses for route 2, route 9 and route 11 did not run their afternoon routes west of town. Instead, students were dropped off at the Boys' and Girls' Club. The district asked parents and guardians to contact their student’s campus to make alternative arrangements for pick up if they ride one of those buses. Each campus remained open until all students were picked up or safely transported to their families.
A full line of cotton modules have burned as the wind continued to fuel the flames. Brownfield Police said they would monitor the fire and wet down hotspots throughout the night.
The fire started inside of the gin, but strong winds carried some of the flames into the yard, where cotton modules and other flammable debris caught fire, according to The Brownfield News. Area emergency officials are responding to the scene.
Meadow Volunteer Fire Dept. and several other departments including Wellman and Tahoka, and Departments from Lubbock, Gaines, Hockley and Lynn Counties all responded to the fire, assisting the Brownfield Fire Dept. State Troopers and Brownfield City Works were also called to the scene.
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