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UPDATE: Plant fire in Hudson

HUDSON (KWWL) -- Smoke could be seen for miles after a building belonging to Nutri-Ject Systems caught fire just after 2:30pm Thursday.

The building sits on the north side of Hudson.

It caused Highway 58 to be closed for about three hours.

Nutri-Ject makes sewer line equipment and the materials inside may have helped the fire grow.

The unassuming industrial building just outside downtown Hudson grabbed the city's attention in a big way.

Firefighters battled what turned into a major fire.

It started in a dumpster then spread to some interior walls before igniting cleaning products and sewer lining materials.

Firefighters worked to save two adjoining buildings separated only by overhead doors.

"Have to pretty much pick a line and write a portion of that off and save what you can," said Hudson Fire Chief Chad Schmidt.

As firefighters worked to save what they could, attention turned to the billowing smoke.

Wind whipped it into the adjoining neighborhood.

During the fire, firefighters notified neighbors next to the building not to go outdoors because of the intense smoke. They never had to evacuate anyone but they wanted to take every precaution that people wouldn't get sick from inhaling the smoke.

A Cedar Falls aerial truck and Waterloo hazmat team helped the all-volunteer Hudson Fire Department fight the blaze.

"We've had real problems accessing it. When the roof collapsed, it came down right on top of it so we're trying to pull the tin off to get at the burning stuff underneath," said Schmidt.

Now, fire crews will try to get to the bottom of a cause while making sure no more hot spots pop up.

Company officials are still assessing what they'll do next.

The building supplied sewer lining to clients across the midwest.

Only one person was insde when the fire started.

He was not hurt.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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