Firefighters extinguished the flames in a chemical warehouse on the outskirts of Houston, emitting dense pillars of black smoke that could be seen for miles.
The Harris County Fire Department tweeted that the 4 pm fire on Wednesday broke out in a Channelview warehouse owned by chemical distributor K-Solv. Mikie Sopczak, Director of Environment, Health, Safety and Security at K-Solv, said a fire broke out when chemicals were transferred from one container to another.
According to county officials, the fire involved toxic chemicals such as toluene, xylene, triethanolamine, and monoethanolamine alcohol, but air monitors did not detect dangerous air pollution levels. Company officials said all spills were contained and the waterways were not contaminated.
No workers were injured in the fire, which was declared extinguished around 7 pm Wednesday, officials said.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office has closed at least four streets near facilities near the Houston Ship Channel and advised nearby residents to evacuate as a precautionary measure while firefighters are attacking the flames. .. After that, the recommendation was lifted.
Channelview is 15 miles (24 km) east of Houston.
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