The owner of a chemical company called Arkema Group warns that their location in Crosby, Texas, which is about 20 miles from Houston, will probably catch fire in the next few days.
The company manufactures organic peroxide that is used in products such as “kitchen countertops, industrial paints, polystyrene cups and plates and PVC piping,” according to NBC. However, these materials must be kept cool and flood waters have knocked out the electricity which means that “the potential for a chemical reaction leading to a fire and/or explosion within the site confines is real.”
Richard Rowe, the chief executive of the company’s North America operatives, went into further detail on Wednesday about what exactly may cause the explosion. “We have an unprecedented 6 feet of water throughout the plant. We’ve lost primary power and two sources of emergency backup power. And as a result, critical refrigeration needed for our materials on site is lost,” he said.
“Materials could now explode and cause a subsequent and intense fire,” Rowe continued. “The high water that exists on site and the lack of power leave us with no way to prevent it.”
Via NBC News:
“Rowe acknowledged the concerns, but he said he didn’t believe any explosion would surpass the West blast.
“Depending on nature of the fire, there could be a lot of it, but nothing, I would say, to pose any long-term impact,” he said
Shawn Hawthorn, a senior firefighter for the Crosby Volunteer Fire Department, said the plant was difficult to reach because streets in the area were under several feet of water.
“It’s serious enough that we’re evacuating at this time,” Hawthorn told NBC affiliate KPRC of Houston.
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