Two explosions and black smoke bellowed in the early morning as a fire was “inevitable” in the case of a chemical plant effected by hurricane Harvey. One deputy was taken to the hospital after inhaling harmful fumes and 9 others took themselves to hospitals as precaution. The factory lost power Sunday night causing certain chemicals to ignite from being too warm. The company’s CEO Richard Rowe said, “Materials could now explode and cause a subsequent intense fire…the high water that exists on site, and the lack of power, leave us with no way to prevent it.”
Local residents within a 1.5 mile radius of the plant were evacuated and the skeleton crew of the chemical plant. Harvey has weakened to a Tropical Depression but will continue to cause more damage as it moves through the the south and even parts of the Midwest.