Industrial plant goes up in flames in Conroe


CONROE, Texas – A building in Conroe went up in flames Saturday, according to the Conroe Fire Department. 

Officials said just after 10 a.m. heavy smoke and fire were reported at the building in the 9900 block of Butler Road near South Loop 336 East. 

The deputy chief requested a foam truck and a hazmat truck for the two-alarm fire. Three additional tankers from the Caney Creek, Cut and Shoot, Needham and North Montgomery fire departments assisted in containing the fire.

Officials said there was no water supply nearby and three dump tanks were used to shuttle water to the fire. 

Authorities said four people were working outside the building when the fire happened. One worker's vehicles was engulfed by the flames, but the workers were not injured.

According to the Conroe Fire Department, the building belongs to a company that manufactures the chemical used for explosive charges to shoot nails into concrete, mostly for hospital construction. 

Two firefighters were treated at the scene for heat exposure due to the extreme weather conditions, officials said. Only one resident was ordered to shelter in place as a result of winds carrying the smoke into a heavy-wooded area nearby.

Officials said at 1 p.m. they were still working to extinguish hot spots. 

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