A massive chemical plant fire near Waxahachie, Texas, south of Dallas/Fort Worth, sent black clouds billowing into the sky and led to evacuations of nearby schools on Monday
The Magnablend Chemical Plant in Waxahachie, about 30 miles south of Dallas, caught fire this morning, according to reports from the Associated Press and TV station WFAA. Area residents are being told to stay inside with doors and windows shut.
Waxahachie Police Lt. Joe Wiser told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram no injuries have been reported since the fire broke out at about 10:40 a.m.
Fire Chief David Hudgins told the AP the fire started as workers were mixing chemicals, but he’s not sure what chemicals were involved.
Hudgins says the fire should be brought under control by late afternoon and that about 1,000 evacuated residents should be allowed to return to their homes.
Nicolas Brescia of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the agency is monitoring air quality around the city and so far has found no reason to enact further precautions.
Images from WFAA-TV show the fast-moving fire engulfing a fire truck at the scene as firefighters nearby battle the blaze. Video links are below.
According to a recent Dallas Business Journal article, Magnablend is in the process of expanding its operations overseas through a joint venture it recently created with three venture capital firms — Austin’s TGF Management Corp. and Austin Ventures, along with Dallas-based Cotton Creek Capital.