Evacuation orders lifted after industrial fire in Hockley, authorities say

HOUSTON – Fire and Hazmat crews from multiple agencies responded Saturday morning to an industrial fire at a recycling plant in Hockley, according to the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office.

As of 3 p.m., the shelter in place and evacuation orders had been lifted. But, officials said crews continued to work to put out the hot spots.

According to Harris County Fire Marshal’s office, the investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, but a stop-work order has been issued for the business.

HCFMO inspectors also determined the business did not have appropriate permits.

Officials said around 10 a.m. a fire broke out at a facility at 17360 Premium Drive, near the Hockley Recreational Complex on Old Washington Road. This spread to a small grass fire at the Hockley Recreational Park.

The fire prompted an evacuation of the area within a half-mile radius of the fire.

Due to a lack of water at the site, several tankers carrying water were routed to the recycling plant to help fire crews douse the flames, according to the Harris County Fire Marshal Office.

Authorities said materials inside the building include used/recycled motor oil and recycled plastics. Several steel drums fell over inside the warehouse, which fed the fire, per the Harris County Fire Marshal Office.

As of 2 p.m., the fire had greatly diminished reduced in size, though water and foam were still being poured on the warehouse and its contents.

Officials said about 55 personnel from 10 agencies worked the scene.

Residents are urged to avoid the area.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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