Thursday Updates: Bryan Chemical Warehouse Fire Forces Evacuations

By: KBTX Staff Email
By: KBTX Staff Email

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9:33pm: The City of Bryan says there are only 10 or 20 people planned to stay at Reed Arena overnight.Staff at the EOC is on the phone trying to get hotel rooms for those folks so Reed Arena can close.

8:59pm: The City of Bryan says 300 people are set to stay at Reed Arena overnight.

8:48pm: The Texas Department of Transportation reports South Highway 21 is now closed between FM 2818 and South Highway 47 in Brazos County due to a factory fire. We expect this closure throughout the night. We will keep you all updated with any updates.

8:41pm: According to the City of Bryan, the city has reduced staff at the site of the fire on Texas 21 and Texas 47. The city will continue to monitor the situation overnight. The fire is still burning. The people in the perimeter area released earlier this evening may remain in shelter at Reed Arena overnight. We expect about 500 homes are in that perimeter area.

8:32pm: According to TXDot, Highway 21 will remain shut down overnight between FM 2818 and Highway 47.

8:06pm: According to the City of Bryan, about 1,000 residents live in the area encompassed by the most recent evacuation map. About 100 are Bryan residents. These are very rough estimates. Nobody remains at the schools. People are starting to leave Reed Arena.

7:38pm: The city of Bryan asks citizens to call 211 for information rather than the EOC. The road closures listed in the previous release define a perimeter of the area that should remain evacuated:

Highway 21 west of Harvey Mitchell Parkway to Texas 47
Leonard Road from Harvey Mitchell Parkway to Texas 47
Sandy Point from Harvey Mitchell to OSR
OSR from Sandy Point to Texas 21 west
Luza Lane at Texas 21 west

7:10pm: The city of Bryan says the following roads remain closed at this time:

Highway 21 west of Harvey Mitchell Parkway to Texas 47
Leonard Road from Harvey Mitchell Parkway
Sandy Point from Harvey Mitchell to OSR
OSR from Sandy Point to Texas 21 west
Luza Lane at Texas 21 west

All other areas of Brazos County and the City of Bryan are open - people who live in those areas may return home. We are continuing air monitoring in the area. There will be further updates as more information is received. We are asking that all persons stay out of the evacuated areas.

6:15pm: A&M Consolidated Middle School is now open as a shelter along with Reed Arena. It is located at 105 Holick St. in College Station.

3:37pm: The City of Bryan is asking homes and businesses north of University Drive, extending both east and west to the Brazos County lines, to evacuate due to the still-burning chemical fire at Texas 21 and Texas 47. We will keep you posted as to when it is safe to return. Reed Arena remains open as a shelter.

3:17pm: The city of Bryan is asking anyone who can smell smoke or see smoke to evacuate their homes and businesses. The chemical fire is still burning at Texas 21 and Texas 47. There is a large amount of chemical residue in the air and it is affecting people’s noses, throats and eyes. Those who need shelter should go to Reed Arena on the Texas A&M campus.

2:34pm: All residents who live north of Villa Maria between the Brazos River and west Brazos County to Highway 6 should evacuate their homes. We’re asking everyone to go south. If they do not have a place to stay, Reed Arena is now open as a shelter. - City of Bryan

2:06pm: SH 21 is closed between FM 2818 and SH 47 in Brazos County due to a factory fire. We will keep you all posted on any updates - TXDOT

Dangerous chemicals are burning in a massive warehouse fire outside of Bryan.

The fire began just before noon Thursday at the El Dorado Chemical Company warehouse on Highway 21 near Smetana.

Residents and workers within a three-mile radius have been evacuated, including the latest evacuations north of Villa Maria between the Brazos River and Highway 6. Roads throughout the area are shut down.

The warehouse contains fertilizers. According to Bryan Fire Chief Mike Donoho, because of the toxicity of the chemicals inside, they cannot battle the blaze on site, and will have to let the fire burn out.

Brazos County Precinct 4 Volunteer Firefighters along with Bryan Firefighters are on the scene.

Brazos County Sheriff's Deputies have been dispatched to the area for traffic control.

Stay tuned to News 3 for further details and updates will be posted here on kbtx.com.


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