Channel, Texas (AP) – Firefighters have extinguished an explosion at a suburban Houston chemical warehouse that is emitted from a dense column of black smoke visible for miles.
The Harris County Fire Marshal’s office said in a tweet that at 4 pm Wednesday, the fire was in a Channelview warehouse owned by K-Solv, a chemical distribution company. The fire, as a chemical product, was being moved from one container to another, said Mickey Sopjack, K-Solv’s director of environmental health, safety and security.
County officials say the fire involved toxic chemicals such as toluene, xylene, triethanolamine and monoethanolamine, but aerial surveillance did not detect unsafe air pollution levels. Company officials said that all runoff was included, and that no waterway was contaminated.
Officials said no workers were injured in the fire, which was extinguished at 7 pm on Wednesday.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office had closed at least four roads near the facility near the Houston Ship Channel, and residents in nearby neighborhoods were advised to take refuge in the place as a precaution, while firefighters The explosion was attacked. The consultant was later removed.
Channelview is 15 miles (24 kilometers) east of Houston.
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