Firefighter hospitalized battling chemical fire in north Odessa, shelter in place lifted

ODESSA, Tx. (KOSA) -- 1:53 P.M. UPDATE: According to the City of Odessa, the shelter in place has now been lifted.

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A shelter in place has been issued and one firefighter has been hospitalized following a chemical fire on Friday.

The fire, located at a business near East 67th Street and Andrews Highway, started just before 11 a.m.

Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles in each direction.

The City of Odessa then issued a shelter in place for homes and businesses in the immediate area. The shelter in place will remain in effect until an air quality check comes back clean.

Officials are asking that residents stay away from the area until that time.

A firefighter who responded to the fire came into contact with acetic acid and was hospitalized. The firefighter is expected to be okay.

CBS7 will update this story as more information becomes available.