Fire At Mesquite Chemical Plant Leads To HazMat Response

Alan Scaia
July 09, 2018 - 5:28 am

Credit: Alan Scaia, 1080 KRLD


MESQUITE (1080 KRLD) - An early morning fire at a chemical plant sent two people to the hospital Monday morning and caused HazMat teams to block off a half-mile radius around the plant.

Officials say the fire started around 1:00 a.m. at Fritz Industries, south of the Big Town Boulevard-Highway 80 interchange in Mesquite. The building that caught fire works with sodium bromate, which is used in dyes and as an additive to gasoline.

In addition to crews from Mesquite, the Haz-Mat team from Dallas Fire Rescue responded.

"We really have to be apprised of what's going on and be able to work across different departments," says Mesquite Fire Captain Travis Greenman. "We use Dallas Haz-Mat fairly frequently and work with them quite a bit."

Greenman says two people who work at the plant had to go to the hospital, but he could not say whether they were injured in the fire or exposed to chemicals. No firefighters were hurt.

Crews were monitoring air quality and did not find anything dangerous. They reopened roads around the plant about five hours after the fire started.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.