All clear given in La Porte after fire in Seabrook prompts shelter-in-place order

LA PORTE, Texas – A shelter-in-place order that was issued for parts of La Porte because of a fire in Seabrook has been lifted.

Emergency officials said the fire was burning at the Odfjell Terminal Houston facility on Port Road and the shelter-in-place was issued as a precaution.

According to a message posted on the Community Awareness Emergency Response system, the fire happened in a powerpack room.

The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office said a pallet and hydraulic fluid were burning and that the fire was out.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

No injuries were reported.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said the county’s Pollution Control Department and the Fire Marshal’s Office were monitoring air quality in the area. In a statement, Odfjell officials said the air samples that have been collected meet acceptable air quality standards.

According to Oefjell’s website, the 119-tank facility provides storage, transfer and distribution for liquid bulk chemicals.


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Aaron Barker has been a senior digital editor at KPRC 2 since 2016. As a meteorologist, he specializes in stories about the weather. He has covered Hurricane Harvey, the Astros first World Series win, the Santa Fe High School shooting, the ITC fire and Tropical Storm Imelda.