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Fire Causes Major Damage to Chemical Plant

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A view of the fire at the Prime Eco Group chemical plant in Wharton, TX published by the Wharton Police Department.
Firefighters responded to a blaze Tuesday at the Prime Eco Group chemical production facility in Wharton, TX.

A large fire ignited Tuesday evening at the Prime Eco Group chemical manufacturing plant in Wharton, TX that caused major damage to the facility and forced residents in the community to briefly shelter in place.

Crews were called to the State Highway 60 location after a chemical fire started around 10 p.m., television news station KHOU reported. Flames reignited on Wednesday morning.

Several area fire departments and a HAZMAT crew responded to the scene, Wharton County Constable’s Office – Precinct 2 said in a post on its Facebook page.

Wharton Volunteer Fire Department said in a statement that hand sanitizer and fuel stabilizer products fueled the fire. The shelter in place order was rescinded in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

No injuries were reported during the incident, coverage by the Houston Chronicle detailed. Information on the cause of the fire was unavailable.

Prime Eco Group produces specialty chemicals used in oil and gas, construction, and personal care applications. The Sugar Land, TX-based firm was established in 1998.

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