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People being evacuated as 75-foot flames shoot from a burning zinc plant, release toxic gas into the air

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First responders are telling people living within a half-mile of a North Carolina zinc processing plant to get out of town as the plant continues to smolder and release potentially toxic chemicals into the air.

The fire is happening in Mooresboro, about 65 miles west of Charlotte, and started just after 2 a.m. Monday morning.

According to the Charlotte Observer, 60 to 75-foot flames were shooting from the plant.

The fire is out according to officials, but smoke is still spewing into the air, bringing with it the potential for deadly chemicals.

More than 100 firefighters from 15 different departments were called to the fire.

Now investigators are trying to determine how it was started.

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