Chemical plant fire in Williamson County now 99% contained, officials say

  • Source: KXAN-TV NBC 36 Austin
  • Published: 09/11/2020 12:00 AM

A chemical plant fire just south of Walburg prompted shelter-in-place orders that were lifted after about three hours Thursday afternoon. Williamson County officials said Friday the fire at the CPI Products plant on Farm to Market Road 1105 is 99% contained, and fire crews are making sure a smoldering palette of cardboard doesn’t flare up. Officials also said the State Fire Marshal is meeting with state environmental quality personnel to make sure contaminated water doesn’t make it down stream from a nearby creek. No one was hurt, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office said. The county previously asked all residents within a one mile radius of 4100 FM 1105 to shelter inside, close all doors and windows and shut off heating and air conditioning. Around 6:30 p.m., the county said those north of the location and upwind of the fire do not need to shelter in place. By 8:30 p.m., the shelter-in-place order was lifted for all residents, according to the county. The fire is now under control, but firefighters will continue to monitor hot spots overnight.


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