Shelter order lifted after massive fire at K-Solv facility in Channelview

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A massive fire burned for hours Wednesday afternoon at an industrial facility on Lakeside Drive in the Channelview area. K-Solv tweeted that all of their employees are safe and accounted for.



The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office says no injuries have been reported. Officials later added that one person sought medical treatment for respiratory issues. A shelter-in-place order has now been lifted for Lakeside Park Estates and Lakeview Homes, according to Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.



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Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire at a chemical facility in Channelview that shook the area Wednesday afternoon.



The blaze that broke out at about 4 p.m. sent a huge plume of thick, black smoke over eastern Harris County. At the height of the blaze, the smoke was so thick it was even visible on doppler radar.

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The heavy smoke from the Channelview facility fire is so strong, it showed up on ABC13's doppler radar. Here's what our meteorologists saw.



Deer Park's Office of Emergency Management tweeted that the smoke is not impacting their city.



Harris County's Pollution Control Services Department shows real-time air quality monitoring on their website.

According to the fire marshal's office, known chemicals on site include, but are not limited to, hydrochloric acid, acetone, ethanol, ethylene dichloride, and other acids. Air monitoring is taking place, and they said they have found no actionable levels.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, TCEQ, told ABC13 that they are gathering information and deploying an emergency response coordinator to the scene to assess the situation.

Residents in the area report hearing a loud noise just before sirens went off.

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Videos started coming into the ABC13 newsroom from viewers in the Channelview area who were seeing the large plume of smoke as a fire broke out at an industrial facility on Lakeside Drive. See the videos now.



Traffic is being impacted in the area. Some local streets, including Lakeside, Northshore, De Zavalla Road and Harding Street, have shut down according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Additionally, drivers are slowing on the East Freeway where the smoke is blowing over the road.

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