Fire at US chem-distributor K-Solv complex in Texas put out

Author: Nurluqman Suratman


SINGAPORE (ICIS)--The fire that hit K-Solv’s complex in Channelview, Texas in the US was extinguished and all shelter-in-place orders have been lifted as of Thursday morning in Asia.

The blaze broke out at a warehouse of the complex located in Harris County at about 16:00 Texas time (21:00 GMT) on 7 April.

"The chemical fire in Channelview has been put out (although there is always a chance of reignition)," Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said in a post on Twitter.

A shelter in place for Lakeside Park Estates and Lakeview Homes was put in place earlier, according to the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office.

"Harris County Pollution Control will be air monitoring overnight. Our Fire Marshal has begun the investigation," Hidalgo said.

A total of 56 employees were at the complex at the time of the incident, five of whom were at the warehouse hit by the fire, K-Solv said in a statement.

One employee was taken to the hospital at the time of the incident for monitoring as a precautionary measure.

"We continue to monitor air quality and the shelter-in-place has been lifted for the area. All runoff was contained and no waterways were breached," the company said.

K-Solv ranked No 21 among North American chemical distributors based on  2019 sales.

Its products include aliphatic solvents; aromatic solvents; alcohols; glycols; glycol ethers; acetates; chlorinated solvents; ketones; base oils; white oils; and acids.