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Fire prompts evacuation of nuclear repository

CARLSBAD, N.M. – Emergency crews are battling a fire in the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository.

Officials said a truck hauling salt caught fire about 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M.

According to a statement and a spokeswoman who answered the emergency line, all employees have been evacuated and none of the radioactive waste has been affected. But the statement said “multiple employees” were being taken to a hospital for potential smoke inhalation.

Emergency officials said all waste handling operations are suspended and rescue teams have been activated.