Residents near Burlington factory evacuated due to chemicals after fire

CREATED Jan. 30, 2013 - UPDATED: Jan. 31, 2013

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BURLINGTON - People living near an eight-alarm fire in Burlington have evacuated the area just east of the Echo Lake Foods factory fire.

Photos of the fire

Authorities said about 50 people had to be evacuated from 10 homes and an apartment complex.

Smoke blowing from the area is the reason authorities are telling people to get out.

People packed up their cars, finding another place to stay as law enforcement went door to door with the news that they need to get out of their homes, because what is burning in that fire could be dangerous for their families.

"They just knocked on our door five minutes ago and said we had to go," said Joel Chick, one of the evacuated. "They had an ammonia tank blew, we heard the explosions and they said that there was the ammonia and cyanide in the air and not to breathe it."

They've set up evacuation centers at the police department and at a Veterans Center in town. Law enforcement said that nobody is really taking advantage of that. Everybody really has a place to stay, at least for the next four hours, possibly all night long, depending on how long it takes to get that fire under control.