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UPDATE: Town Evacuated Due to Acid Fire
UPDATE: The Mayor of Northwood is confirming that residents of Northwood can return to their homes.
A later afternoon aircheck has come back clear.
The Iowa Department of Transportation is clearing the roads to make it safe for residents to return
A follow up air check will be done when the weather clears.
NORTHWOOD, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Authorities are asking a town of nearly 2,000 in northern Iowa to evacuate immediately. The call to evacuate came just after 9:00am for the town of Northwood. Authorities say a fire is burning at the Northwood Municipal Airport and that Sulfuric Acid is involved. Residents are being asked to evacuate immediately south of Northwood to the Kensett Community Center 6 miles south of Northwood on Highway 65.
Residents who do not have transportation can get help from the local sheriff at 1000 Central Avenue in Northwood. They can also call (641) 324-2481.
Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley released a statement regarding the situation in Northwood. "My thoughts and prayers are with the community of Northwood this morning as they respond to this incident, Braley said. I will continue to monitor the situation in my district and stand ready to work with local and state officials to help in any way I can.