2017 Hurricane Harvey


Second fire at Texas chemical plant hit hard by Hurricane Harvey

PUBLISHED Fri, September 01, 2017 - 7:20pm EDT

A massive fire broke out at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, on Friday evening, a day after one of the trailers at the facility containing organic peroxides caught fire. The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office has issued a mandatory 1-1/2-mile evacuation around the plant, which is situated about 27 miles east of Houston.

The chemical plant, which sustained heavy flooding as a result of Hurricane Harvey, has been without electric since early Sunday morning. The lack of power and refrigeration caused organic peroxides stored in containers to catch fire after being exposed to the Texas heat.

"Some of the area surrounding the trailer was burned or charred, but any adjacent fires burned themselves out," the company said in a statement on Thursday. "We continue to monitor the temperature in the remaining trailers and there is evidence suggesting that other trailers will soon burn, but there have been no reports of any fires or smoke."

In a conference call Friday, Arkema President and CEO Rich Rowe warned of the possibility of more fires in the coming hours and days stating eight other containers on site could burn.

The plant, which has been shut-down since last Friday, received "extraordinary levels of rain, receiving approximately 40 inches by Monday afternoon," the company added.

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