Dense black smoke is billowing from a Detroit chemical factory where a fire has forced the evacuation of about 300 employees.

Explosions were heard inside Diversified Chemical Technologies Inc., where the fire began shortly after 3 p.m. Monday. No injuries were immediately reported.

Detroit Police officers are in the west side neighborhood asking people to stay inside their homes, although no residential evacuations were immediately ordered.

But firefighters evacuated employees and some surrounding businesses. Diversified Chemical Technologies' Web site says its complex encompasses 750,000 square feet of office, laboratory and manufacturing space.

The company produces chemicals for clients ranging from the automotive to food and beverage industries.

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