Massive industrial fire in Conroe ruled an accident

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UPDATE - The massive industrial fire that burned at DrillChem in Montgomery County last Friday (August 14) has been ruled an accident. Conroe Fire Marshal Mike Legoudes Jr. says a ruptured tank sparked the fire, and firefighters were forced to go into defensive mode as soon as they arrived at the scene.

Legoudes Jr. says they have not detected any air pollution in the area due to Friday's blaze.

And while the fire was accidental, Legoudes Jr. says they still have to find the source of that accident.

"There are several possibilities as to what the cause could have been. They include electrical, gas powered mechanical equipment in the shop as well as spontaneous combustion from oil rags used and disposed of, which is something we see occasionally," he said.


MONTGOMERY, TX - A three-alarm fire is burning at a chemical wharehouse in Conroe. There is a shelter-in-place for residents in a two-mile radius of the DrillChem explosion.

Loop 336 is closed between FM 3038 and SH 105 (East Davis) due to the fire.

About 50 crews are on scene to battle the blaze. No ijuries or fatalities have been reported and the cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

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