WOODBURN, Ind. — Firefighters extinguished a smoldering fire Saturday at a seed company plant that had forced the evacuation of more than 5,000 people and contaminated a nearby river with farm chemical runoff, authorities said.
Firefighters put out remaining hot spots after containing pesticide and herbicide runoff by building a dike around the fire site in Woodburn, about three miles from the Ohio border.
Wearing protective clothing, they entered the metal warehouse shed at the Maumee Valley Seed Co. and began dragging out smoldering sacks.
Of the more than 5,000 evacuees on both sides of the Indiana-Ohio border, all but 50 families had returned home by early Saturday. After houses were checked for contamination, the rest were allowed to return later in the day.