Officials: All fires out at chemical plant with Berks tie

King of Prussia-based company has plant in Exeter

CROSBY, Texas - All fires are out at a flood-damaged chemical plant near Houston after authorities conducted controlled burns on several trailers containing highly unstable compounds, officials said.

The Harris County fire marshal's office said in a statement Sunday evening that all nine trailers filled with organic peroxide at the Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas, have burned. Earlier Sunday, authorities said that a controlled burn had started on the six trailers that had not caught fire in previous days.

Three trailers had already caught fire at the plant after backup generators were consumed by Harvey's floodwaters, which knocked out the refrigeration necessary to keep the chemicals from degrading and catching fire.

Officials said the "proactive measures" to ignite the six remaining trailers wouldn't pose any additional risk to the community. People living within 1.5 miles of the site remain evacuated.

The fire marshal's office said state, federal, and local agencies will continue monitoring the air, adding that all data to date indicates no impact to air quality.

Arkema is headquartered in King of Prussia, Montgomery County, and has a production plant in Exeter Township, Berks County.

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