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Vegetable plant fire prompts evacuations, state of emergency near Windsor, Ont.

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Friday, July 18, 2014, 1:03 PM - A state of emergency was declared in a community just east of Windsor, Ont. Friday, after a massive fire at a vegetable processing plant.

The Town of Tecumseh requested a "Red Alert" from Emergency Management Ontario for an immediate threat in the area.

"Residents in the area bounded by County Road 22 to the south, St. Thomas Road to the north, Lesperance Road west to Manning Road to the east are to immediately evacuate the area," the statement read. "Tecumseh Arena, 12021 McNorton Street, is available to host residents, as well as St. Joseph’s School located on Clover and McHugh, Windsor."

This evacuation order impacted about 1,300 homes in the affected area, but was lifted before 1 pm Friday afternoon. The state of emergency was also lifted by 1:30 pm.

According to fire officials, the fire broke out overnight after a small ammonia leak was detected at the Bonduelle plant.

Those outside the evacuation zone are being asked to stay sheltered and in place with windows closed as there may be smoke irritants in the air.

Parks and swimming pools in the area have been closed as a precaution, The Canadian Press reports.

With files from The Canadian Press

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