Fire at welding supply shop closes Hwy 249

A fire at Technical Alloy and Industrial Gas Company in northwest Houston prompted officials to shut down Highway 249 Sunday night. Firefighters contained the blaze to inside the building.

December 25, 2011 8:22:58 PM PST
A fire at a welding supply shop in northwest Houston shut down Highway 249 for about an hour Sunday night.

The highway reopened around 9pm.

Officials said the fire was at Technical Alloy and Industrial Gas Company on Highway 249 at Beltway 8.

We are told that employees at a nearby gas station heard a loud explosion and saw smoke, so they called 9-1-1.

Firefighters contained the blaze to inside the building. We have heard no reports of injuries.