Shelter-in-place lifted for Wharton Co. residents after large fire ignites at chemical plant, officials say

Local and surrounding agencies battled a large fire Tuesday night and Wednesday morning at a chemical plant in Wharton County.

Wharton County firefighters responded to reports of a large fire at a chemical plant late Tuesday night, according to the fire department.

The fire ignited around 10 p.m. at the Prime ECO Group Plant located at 2933 S. SH 60, according to firefighters.

Officials said the fire started in building 3 of the plant, causing major damage to the building. The plant fire is reportedly under control by 1 a.m.

A shelter-in-place order was issued for residents in the area but lifted by early Wednesday morning.

PHOTOS: Flames ignite at chemical plant in Wharton County

No injuries have been reported by firefighters. The cause of the fire is unknown.

The Fort Bend Hazmat team was requested to assist, monitor the air and test different chemicals, according to the Fort Bend County Fire Marshal’s Office. Several other agencies, including Hungerford Fire Department, Glen Fora Fire Department, Wharton County Sheriff’s Office, City of Wharton Police Department responded to assist the local fire department at the scene.

According to the company’s website, the Prime ECO Group Plant focuses on the manufacturing, supply and development of chemical additives and specialty chemicals for the oil, gas and construction industries.

This is a developing story.


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