Houston battling fire involving unknown chemicals

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HMN-Houston fire crews are battling a multi alarm warehouse fire involving unknown chemicals. Chron.com reports that Hazmat crews and Decon units are on scene.

About 150 firefighters are continuing to battle a four-alarm blaze that has raged since the morning in southwest Houston.

The fire initially sent up plumes of thick, black smoke visible from miles away. Those plumes were mostly cleared as of 10 a.m.

The fire, reported at 6:30 a.m. at a recycling warehouse on Almeda near Fuqua, involved storage materials and unknown chemicals, Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena said.

People who live within a mile of the plant are asked to stay inside until the fire department says otherwise. The fire is mostly batted down, but the scene should be under control within the hour, Pena said

“Smoke and the plume aren’t coming up as forcefully and it’s not dissipating as quickly as we’d like,” the chief said.

The blaze began inside and spread outside, Pena said. The cause of the fire is unclear.

The type of chemicals inside the building is not known, as the fire department hasn’t made contact with the building owner and hasn’t been able to make entry into the warehouse.

Hazmat and decontamination units are on the scene. Firefighters will likely be out at the warehouse for the next several hours, Pena said.

Posted 8:37 a.m.

Houston firefighters are battling a three-alarm blaze at a recycling plant in southwest Houston.

The fire was reported around 6:30 a.m. at the warehouse, on Almeda near Fuqua.

Traffic videos show a massive black plume of smoke rising from the scene.

It is not clear if there are any injuries at this time. There is no shelter-in-place for the fire, according to the Houston Fire Department.

Hazmat teams are also monitoring the fire.

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