HOUSTON (WSAV) – A new crisis is developing near Houston after reports of explosions and smoke at a flooded chemical plant.
Residents living within a one-and-half mile radius of the ARKEMA chemical plant in Crosby have been evacuated.
Combustible chemicals stored at the plant require refrigeration, but the facility has been without power since Sunday.
Officials say there is no way to properly cool chemicals on site and no effort is being made to fight the fires.
“We believe at this time the safest thing for us to do is to allow the other eight containers and product in those to degrade and burn,” says ARKEMA’s Rick Rennard.
According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, one deputy has been taken to the hospital after he inhaled fumes from the Arkema peroxide plant.
Nine others drove themselves to the hospital as a precaution, the sheriff’s office said.
The explosions were reported around 2 a.m. (local time).