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Fire at southern New Mexico biofuel facility leads to evacuations; no injuries reported

In this handout photo provided by Miguel Favela, smoke rises from a fire at a biofuel facility near Anthony, N.M. on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 prompting an evacuation of an area a half-mile around the plant, authorities said. Dona Ana County officials activated their emergency operations center and declared a hazardous materials emergency, said county spokesman Jess Williams. (AP Photo/Miguel Favela)

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In this handout photo provided by Miguel Favela, smoke rises from a fire at a biofuel facility near Anthony, N.M. on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 prompting an evacuation of an area a half-mile around the plant, authorities said. Dona Ana County officials activated their emergency operations center and declared a hazardous materials emergency, said county spokesman Jess Williams. (AP Photo/Miguel Favela)

ANTHONY, N.M. - An evacuation order has been lifted and residents of about 350 homes in Anthony are being escorted back to their homes after a biofuel facility caught fire.

A series of small explosions was reported Tuesday at the Rio Valley Biofuels plant near the town of Anthony, but authorities say there are no reports of any injuries.

Operations manager Jed Smith says he believes all five employees who work at the plant were OK.

Dona Ana County spokesman Jess Williams says the fire now has been contained and firefighters are concentrating on hot spots and smouldering areas.

County hazardous-materials specialists plan to inspect the site further to determine what chemicals may have been affected or released in the fire.

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