- Another fire has broken out at a Houston-area chemical plant on Friday evening
- Flames and smoke could be seen coming from the Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas
- The plant saw two explosions previously on Thursday that resulted in a fire
Another raging fire has broken out at a Texas chemical plant after the Houston-area location had two explosions on Thursday due to Harvey power outages
Flames and smoke could be seen coming from the Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas, on Friday evening.
That came after a container of organic peroxides exploded and caught fire early Thursday, sending acrid smoke into the air.
An executive had said up to eight more containers could burn and explode.
Aerial video shows another fire at a Houston-area chemical plant on Friday that lost power after Harvey
Arkema says Harvey’s floodwaters engulfed its backup generators and knocked out the refrigeration necessary to keep the compounds from degrading and catching fire.
The Environmental Protection Agency and local officials said an analysis of the smoke that came from the plant early Thursday showed no reason for alarm.
No serious injuries were reported. Still, authorities evacuated an area around the plant.
At least two tons of highly unstable chemicals used in the production of plastics and paint blew up and burned at a flooded plant near Houston on Thursday, sending up a plume of acrid black smoke that stung the eyes and lungs, raising health concerns.
Flames and smoke could be seen coming from the Arkema plant in Crosby Friday evening
The fire that began early Thursday at the Arkema Inc chemical plant in suburban Crosby, about 25 miles northeast of Houston, burned out around midday.
Emergency crews continued to hold back because of the danger that eight other trailers containing the same highly unstable chemical compound could blow, too.
No serious injuries were reported. But the blast added a new hazard to Harvey’s aftermath and raised questions about the adequacy of the company’s master plan to protect the public in the event of an emergency in the flood-prone Houston metropolitan area of 5.6 million people.