Chemical fire in Odessa | Washstand


ODESSA, Texas – An Odessa neighborhood experienced a massive explosion last night when a chemical fire broke out. Last night, the Odessa Fire Brigade responded to a call about a vehicle fire.

Around 10 p.m. Sunday, the Odessa Fire Brigade responded to the 9000 block of 26th Street, what they thought was a car fire, but when they reached the area, they discovered that the explosion was indeed caused by a chemical fire.

An explosion could be heard and felt around the community last night after firefighters said some chemical material had exploded.

OFR Battalion Commander, Bradley Reese, said, “When units arrived on the scene, they found a fully involved flat bed and we later discovered that it was containing various chemicals. in some large tote.”

Reese said that the chemicals involved are those used in the smelting process and that their handling is not unusual for the station and the Odessa area. He said that an explosion is unique and that OFR has some idea of ​​how it could all happen.

“In this case, they kept too many different things in one place. The chemicals are all in different states, there’s some solids and some liquids and it’s possible to get mixed up,” says Reese.

Some neighbors in the area were able to see the whole thing unfold and worry about how this might affect their communities.

Reese added, “This happened in the middle of a neighborhood, so there were a lot of houses nearby, there was a little bit of concern about what the chemicals and smoke were in that area, but the teams went to the scene. , clean up the area. , and within two hours the area was cleared. “

Reese said the fire was quickly extinguished and there were no problems.

He added that there was damage in the original area of ​​the explosion.

“The yard was large enough, the explosion was limited to that area, and the damage was minimal. It’s a big mushroom cloud and I’m sure in such a neighborhood it’s really scary. I mean lucky no one was hurt,” Reese added.

According to AFR, no one was injured in the fire and the Texas Environmental Quality Commission has now taken over the investigation. We will update you with more information as soon as we are finished.

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