Canton fire officials gave the all-clear shortly after 12pm Tuesday for all residents evacuated from a 21 block area in the city to return to their homes. They had been evacuated Monday afternoon when a closed chemical plant caught on fire releasing smoke that contained toxic sulfur dioxide. The Red Cross had opened a shelter at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.
Hundreds of Canton residents were evacuated from their homes as a chemical fire continued to burn.
Channel 3 News reports the fire broke out Monday afternoon at the former Convoy Containers at Harrisburg Road and 19th Street. The evacuation order came when firefighters realized that the smoke is full of sulfur dioxide, a potentially deadly chemical coming from burning containers inside.
Several schools were forced to close Monday including Belle Stone, Belden, Gibbs and Youtz Elementary Schools and Crenshaw Middle School. Students from other schools who live in the evactuation zone will also be excused from class.
Dozens of firefighters and Haz-Mat team members battled the blaze. The American Red Cross set up a shelter at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.
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