Raging fire under control at Mont Belvieu petrochemical plant

A blaze that broke out Friday night at an industrial plant in Mont Belvieu is under control, authorities said. 

Fire trucks and first responders rushed to the Enterprise Products facility on FM 1942 as smoke filled the air and flames poured out of the Chambers County plant. 

“It is fully contained and not a hazard at this time,” Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said just after 8 p.m. “The fire is getting smaller and we do not see it as being a bigger threat than what it is.”

Authorities shuttered FM 1942 in Chambers County as crews responded. It wasn’t immediately clear which facility had caught fire, as a number of chemical and petrochemical plants are in the area, Hawthorne said. 

“It’s not a chemical fire, it’s a petrochemical fire,” Hawthorne said. “That’s a good thing – it’s easier to fight.”

Adrien Cardenas,35 said he first noticed the flames around 7:15 p.m. while on the seventh floor of the ExxonMobil building in Baytown, where he works as a petrochemical pipe designer.

He estimated the plant is about 7 miles north of where he works.

“We looked over there and could just see this giant flame,” he said.

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