Massive four-alarm warehouse fire in Houston releases hazardous materials

It took nearly 200 firefighters and 65 fire units to bring a fire that burned through a warehouse complex at 1700 Laverne Street under control earlier today. Authorities suspect that hazardous materials burned in the fire and declared it a “‘hazardous material incident,’” according to NBCDFW.com. The fire is believed to have moved through a number of businesses, including a gun store and company that “fills and labels containers of ‘powders, granules, liquids, and gels.’”

Out of concern for the hazardous materials that may have been consumed in the fire, authorities ordered residents of the nearby Spring Branch neighborhood to stay in their homes until the fire was contained. Additionally, fire officials recommended that residents actively take steps to prevent smoke from entering their homes. Neighborhood residents were eventually allowed to leave their homes around 2 p.m.

The fire is believed to have started in the back yard of a nearby home at around 10 a.m. before then jumping over to the warehouse complex. Though the exact cause of the fire has yet to be determined, it is currently under investigation by authorities. As of now, no injuries have been reported.

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