A huge 3-alarm fire is burning at the DrillChem plant in Conroe.
The fire followed several explosions at the plant on Loop 336 near Hwy 105, according to Conroe police. It started around 4:40 p.m.
A shelter in place has been issued for anyone within a two-mile radius of the plant. Firefighters are also advising residents to turn off their air conditioners and keep doors and windows closed.
There’s no word of injuries.
Police are shutting down nearby roads. South Loop 336 is closed, according to Montgomery County Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams.
More than 50 firefighters were on the scene, along with a Hazmat team from The Woodlands. They didn’t start putting water on the flames until just before 6 p.m.
Williams said they were likely letting the fire burn down in case hazardous chemicals or materials were involved.
“Sometimes the best plan of attack may be not any attack at all,” Williams said. “They don’t want to do anything to endanger firefighters.”
Thick black smoke could be seen from miles away.
DrillChem is a oil industry supply company that creates sealants, shale inhibitors and lubricants, according to their website.