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On Tuesday, a lawsuit was filed in Harris County by a third-party truck driver working for L&B transportation who was visiting the K-Solv dock-side of the facility at the time of the warehouse fire. The suit claims the driver sustained injuries related to the De Zavalla Road incident located on the opposite side of the road. We are checking the cameras on site, but initial reports have revealed that he was not located within the warehouse fire vicinity. He was positioned across the street, sleeping in the cab of his truck, and an employee awakened him to exit the premises per safety protocols. This person was escorted to the docks by employees who indicate he was attempting to record the incident with his phone while boarding the vessel. The claimant departed the facility safely via vessel to the safest rally point. Once the vessel docked, first responders were on standby to provide any aid required. Employees asked the driver multiple times if he had any injuries or required medical assistance. The driver declined all medical services available and left on his own accord Tuesday evening. Our first priority remains the safety of our employees and all personnel located at our facility. Response protocols are in place to aid employees and visitors in a safe and prompt departure of the facility, if needed. K-Solv will continue our investigations into these claims and respond accordingly.
Response crews worked diligently over the past few days clearing approximately 30 percent of the property, providing the necessary access requested by the Fire Marshal’s office. TCEQ has also approved the removal of metal debris to start today. Crews have removed all firewater runoff of unused product from the surrounding ditches in addition to the soil, which continues today.
We want to take a moment to thank all emergency responders, response teams, environmental agencies, public officials, and the surrounding community for their immediate response and continued support throughout this event. Each one played a key role in helping to facilitate a prompt and safe end to the fire.
The De Zavalla Road facility provides products for our customers, jobs for our people, and support for the surrounding community, and we look forward to doing so again soon.
The fire marshall’s office has turned the property over to our response teams to commence the remediation process with the exception of one remaining area of interest. Response teams will begin working to clear the site up to the area of interest so that the Fire Marshall’s office can safely access it. Remediation response planning started this morning with full details to be distributed to all regulatory agencies, if requested.
Air and water quality conditions are still being monitored and remain at acceptable levels. A location was identified in which fire water runoff of unused product breached the sewer treatment facility. Resources were deployed to mitigate the breach.
We remain in contact with TCEQ, the GLO, and all necessary environmental agencies submitting all required documentation.
The second employee who went to the hospital for further observation not directly related to the incident was released late Wednesday night.
The warehouse fire ignited around 4pm on Wednesday and was extinguished by 6:30pm with few hotspots remaining. The site was monitored throughout the night for air and water quality conditions. Fire Marshalls are currently onsite conducting their investigation. We continue to work directly with all local officials, regulatory agencies, and necessary entities, proactively providing the necessary information.
Further details will be provided at a press briefing to occur at 11:30am at River Terrace Park – 16550 Market Street, Channelview , TX 77530
The employee initially taken to the hospital for monitoring as a precautionary measure has been released.
We are working directly with local officials, regulatory agencies, and all necessary entities to ensure the site is stable and secure. Air quality remains at acceptable levels.
56 total employees onsite at the time of the incident, 5 of which were located at the warehouse where the fire occurred. One employee was taken to the hospital at the time of the incident for monitoring as a precautionary measure. One additional employee went later for further observation not directly related to the incident.
We continue to monitor air quality and the shelter-in-place has been lifted for the area. All runoff was contained and no waterways were breached.
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