Crews have contained a large fire at a Nebraska fertilizer plant that injured three people and destroyed the plant.

The fire was reported about 11:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cooperative Producers Inc. dry fertilizer plant in Hastings and was contained just before 4 a.m. Friday.

The blaze forced authorities to close U.S. Highway 6 for several hours. A release from the Adams County Emergency Management office says railroad tracks just north of the plant also were closed for a time but have since reopened.

The Cooperative Producers Inc. dry fertilizer plant near U.S. Hwy 6 and Showboat Blvd. in Hastings, Neb., burns Thursday, May 23, 2019,. Hastings Fire and Rescue responded about 11:30 p.m. and called for mutual aid from neighboring fire departments. No injuries were reported and the extent of damages to the plant weren't clear. (Will Vraspir/The Hastings Tribune via AP)
The Cooperative Producers Inc. dry fertilizer plant near U.S. Hwy 6 and Showboat Blvd. in Hastings, Neb., burns Thursday, May 23, 2019,. Hastings Fire and Rescue responded about 11:30 p.m. and called for mutual aid from neighboring fire departments. No injuries were reported and the extent of damages to the plant weren’t clear. (Will Vraspir/The Hastings Tribune via AP)

The Hastings Tribune reports that three semitrailer drivers who had been sleeping in their vehicles parked at the plant were injured. They were treated and released from a local hospital.

The CPI plant opened last year with plans for storage capacity of 42,000 tons of product.

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The Cooperative Producers Inc. dry fertilizer plant near U.S. Hwy 6 and Showboat Blvd. in Hastings, Neb., burns Thursday, May 23, 2019,. Hastings Fire and Rescue responded about 11:30 p.m. and called for mutual aid from neighboring fire departments. No injuries were reported and the extent of damages to the plant weren't clear. (Will Vraspir/The Hastings Tribune via AP)
The Cooperative Producers Inc. dry fertilizer plant near U.S. Hwy 6 and Showboat Blvd. in Hastings, Neb., burns Thursday, May 23, 2019,. Hastings Fire and Rescue responded about 11:30 p.m. and called for mutual aid from neighboring fire departments. No injuries were reported and the extent of damages to the plant weren’t clear. (Will Vraspir/The Hastings Tribune via AP)

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