PIPER CITY â€” A fire at a north-central Illinois soybean plant remains under investigation.
Authorities lifted a partial evacuation in the tiny village of Piper City on Thursday afternoon and classes are set to resume Friday at a nearby school district.
Officials shut down a section of the Ford County community near the facility after spotting smoke coming from the roof of the building.
No one was injured.
Investigators say they believe a chemical â€” aluminum phosphide â€” may have reacted with water from a leaking roof.
Dennis Higgins is Ford County’s Emergency Management Agency coordinator. He tells The (Champaign) News-Gazette that authorities were worried about poisonous fumes being released.
Piper City has about 830 residents and is about 45 miles north of Champaign.