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Williamson County chemical plant fire 'under control,' shelter-in-place order lifted

The plant, CPI Products, is located at 4100 FM 1105 in Walburg.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas — The shelter-in-place order that was issued for everyone located within a one-mile radius of a chemical plant in Williamson County was lifted at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

The order was issued shortly after 5 p.m. after a fire was reported at the CPI Products plant at 4100 FM 1105 in Walburg. The plant manufactures plastic.

People were asked to stay inside and close all exterior doors and windows and to turn off their air conditioning and heating during the order.

According to the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, FM 1105 is shut down at FM 971 and CR 153. There were no reported injuries, and nobody was in the building.

Firefighters will work to put out hot spots throughout the night.

As of 6:45 p.m., personnel with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) were on their way to the scene of the fire.

TCEQ said it is actively monitoring the impacts of the fire. Emergency staff began conducting handheld air monitoring near the site around 8 p.m. No immediate health concerns were detected at ground level, TECQ said.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.


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