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Explosion Causes Fire at Polk County Industrial Building

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DES MOINES, Iowa - An explosion led to a fire at an industrial building in Polk County Monday afternoon.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says one person suffered burns but has not released the extent of the injury or the person’s name.

Fire crews were called to 2123 NE 46th Avenue just before 3:00 p.m. Monday. The building houses several businesses, some of which are automotive related. The thick, black smoke coming from the fire was caused by harmful chemicals, like auto-body paint, burning.

Fire and rescue crews from Altoona, Ankeny, Delaware Township, Des Moines, Johnston, Pleasant Hill, Saylor Township, Urbandale, and Clive all responded to the fire.

Local traffic was detoured around the area so crews could work at putting out the fire. Northeast 22nd Street has been re-opened to traffic but NE 46th Avenue will remain closed until 10:00 or 10:30 Monday night while fire clean up the site.

Officials with Polk County Air Quality Control and Polk County Emergency Management were on scene and residents in the area were advised to stay inside if they had any breathing-related medical issues.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.