Berks County firefighters are on the scene of a two-alarm chemical plant fire near Topton.

The fire was reported about 12:15 p.m. at the Atlas Minerals and Chemicals facility in the 1200 block of Valley Road.

Thick black smoke can be seen rising from the plant, and an acrid odor is permeating the surrounding area.

Officials have ordered responders at the scene to wear a self-contained breathing apparatus.

Founded in New Jersey 1892, Atlas produces a variety of sealants, compounds and plastics. The company moved to Berks County in 1917.

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