Update 3:Four Alarm Warehouse Fire in Northwest Houston

Incident Update

Houston Fire Department



DATE: May 6, 2016 12:50:09 PM CDT

What: 4-Alarm warehouse fire in northwest Houston.

 May 5, 2016 at 9:45 a.m.

Under control at 1:58 p.m.

Where: 1700 Laverne St. 77080 – Warehiouse fire
Injuries: No reported injuries
Damage: Significant damage to several structures including one home.
Cause: Houston Arson Bureau investigating

Houston – Authorities states that the two products of concern in the water run-off of the Spring Branch warehouse fire are pesticides and petroleum additives. Currently, environmental contractors have contained the petroleum additives at various points along Spring Branch Creek.

The pesticides are water soluble and environmental contractors are unable to contain or remove this product. Environmental contractors have tested Spring Branch Creek for pesticide contamination levels. Results may be available today. With the recent rain and flooding, dilution of contaminates may lesse the environmental impact.

HFD Firefighters are still on-scene along with environmental contractors and public works. Firefighter are extinguishing on-going flare-ups and hotspots. Authorities are monitoring runoff to minimize its impact to Spring Branch Creek.

According to Public Works and Engineering, drinking water quality is safe and has not been contaminated.

Cause and origin of the fire is still under investigation by Houston Arson Bureau.

Citizens are advised to avoid impacted areas of Spring Branch Creek  and affected ditches, canals and culverts until further notice.

Residents should continue to monitor local media, houstontx.gov/emergency,  and official social media outlets for updated information.


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