The Latest: Pesticides may have been released in Texas fire


HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on a warehouse complex fire in Houston (all times local):

1 p.m.

Officials say they’re still working to identify what hazardous materials were released into the air during a warehouse complex fire in Houston but think pesticides might have been involved.

Houston Fire Department spokesman Ruy Lozano says investigators are waiting to speak with the property owners so they can help identify the products that burned Thursday.

Lozano says an alert ordering people in nearby homes and businesses to stay inside, close all windows and shut off any air conditioning was still in effect on Thursday afternoon.

Lozano says investigators think one of the products was a petroleum-based solvent.

The department says no injuries have been reported and firefighters were focused on putting out hot spots after the blaze had been brought under control.

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10:45 a.m.

A fire at a warehouse complex in Houston has sent towering plumes of black smoke into the air.

Emergency personnel were dispatched to an industrial area in the western part of the city on Thursday morning, as the fire burned several structures.

Officials had no immediate reports of anyone hurt. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

The fire broke out on a clear day with temperatures in the 70s and gusts of about 10 mph.

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