Manager of burning biofuel facility: Workers OK


ANTHONY, N.M. (AP) -- A manager for a biofuel facility on fire near the southern New Mexico town of Anthony says he believes all five employees are OK.

Operations Manager Jed Smith of Rio Valley Biofuels says the fire's cause is not known. But he says the plant had methanol on site.

County spokesman Jess Williams says there's been a series of small explosions, but he also says no injuries were reported.

The county declared a hazardous materials emergency and ordered an evacuation within a half-mile radius of the plant.

Anthony is on the New Mexico-Texas line, between Las Cruces, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas. Fire crews from several agencies are on the scene, along with sheriff's deputies and New Mexico State Police.