Two workers were injured in a fire early Monday morning at the Fritz Industries chemical plant in Mesquite, TX, local news organizations reported.
Firefighters made their way to the facility at about 1 a.m., discovering the blaze in a warehouse at the chemical manufacturing facility. Employees were told to evacuate the plant over loudspeakers after the fire started. A hazardous materials (HAZMAT) team also responded to the site.
The presence of bomide and sodium bromine at the Fritz Industries site forced crews to approach the fire from a defensive stance, officials told the Dallas Morning News. First responders later blocked off access to the plant for a half-mile radius.
Two workers received injuries during the incident, and were transported to an area hospital for treatment. The fire’s cause remains undetermined.
Founded in 1956, Fritz Industries produces oilfield products, oil- and gas-related technology and equipment, chemicals, and biological formulations, the company’s website states.
In February 2014, the firm’s chemical production site in Mesquite experienced an explosion and a small, one-alarm fire in a research laboratory, the Morning News reported.