Texas chemical plant hit with series of explosions after three-alarm fire breaks out
Explosions and a fire erupted on Friday at a DrillChem plant in Conroe, Texas, sending up flames and plumes of smoke that could be seen for miles around, but there were no initial reports of injuries, police said.
Residents within a 2-mile radius were ordered to shelter in place as live footage from local broadcasters showed thick smoke billowing from the chemical warehouse.
“We have not been advised of any injuries,” said an official with the police department in Conroe, about 40 miles (64 km) north of Houston.
A dispatcher with the police department confirmed that the fire followed explosions at the plant on Friday afternoon.
The dispatcher later said the fire appeared to be under control. Local broadcaster KHOU reported the fire appeared to be under control by 6:15 p.m.
DrillChem provides drilling products including lubricants and sealants, according to its website. A representative of the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
(Reporting by Houston Bureau and Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Writing by Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Sandra Maler and Mohammad Zargham)
Watch a report on the fire, as aired on KTRK-TV on Friday, below.