DrillChem Explosion – Police, fire crews on scene of massive business fire near Houston.
A series of explosions rocked an oil filed chemical supply company in Conroe on Friday, setting off a fire that sent a broad, dense column of thick, black smoke towering into the otherwise blue skies.
The explosions, first reported around 4:45 p.m. Friday at the 4300 block of South Loop 336 East, sent shockwaves across the area with billowing black smoke visible for miles. The ensuing fire burned down two metal warehouses used to store chemicals for Conroe-based oilfield drilling products manufacturer DrillChem Drilling Solutions.
“This is the first fire of this size that I’ve seen in a facility like this in my 14 years in Conroe,” said Conroe Fire Marshal Mike Legoudes “It’s pretty significant.”
In a statement late Friday, Brandon Hayes, CEO of DrillChem Drilling said: “The facility was empty at the time of the fire and we are thankful that no injuries have been reported. We are working closely with local authorities to determine the cause of the fire and assess the extent of the damage.
“Early indications show that there was no impact to the surrounding environment, but the health and safety of our employees and neighbors is our highest concern and we are taking every precaution. We want to thank all of the first responders who helped us handle this situation quickly and effectively.”