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Firefighters battled a fire at Helena Chemical on South Fifth Avenue in Laurel Wednesday morning. 

The fire was reported at about 7 a.m. When firefighters arrived there were flames and heavy smoke inside the business's cinder block building, said Chief Brent Peters, of Laurel Volunteer Fire Department.

It took fire crews some time to gain access to the building, but they were able to extinguish the flames in about 30 minutes.

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Peters said the building was a storage facility for herbicides and pesticides. The chemicals presented concerns due to their acidic and alkaline nature.

West Main Street and Fifth Avenue were shut down while firefighters worked. Trains were also halted until crews were able to gain entry to the burning building. 

The building was not occupied at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. No cause had been determined as of Wednesday morning.

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