Update, May 6: The chemicals released by yesterday’sÂ fireÂ turnedÂ Spring Branch Creek blood red — photo and more info here.
The fire department postedÂ a long-distance shot this morning of theÂ A1 Custom Packaging warehouse,Â currently on fire near the intersection of Laverne St. and Spring Branch Dr. north of Longpoint Dr. The 4-alarm blaze (shown aboveÂ from nearly 9 miles awayÂ looking out over 59 acrossÂ Upper Kirby)Â is about a quarter mile from Spring Branch Elementary School, which KPRC reports is beingÂ evacuated. Roughly 500 students and teachers are being bussedÂ to the Coleman Community Coliseum about 5 miles west-by-southwest, at 1050 Dairy Ashford Rd.
Noting the release of hazardous chemicals, the city’s emergency notification systemÂ recommends that anyone not evacuating the square formed by Blalock Rd., Bingle Rd., Westview Dr., and Hammerly Blvd. (shaded in red on the map above) should close theirÂ windows, turn off the AC and ventilation systems, andÂ maybe have a go atÂ sealingÂ upÂ cracksÂ with duct tape and plastic sheeting.
The burning warehouse sits along the western edge of the Spring Branch Warehouse complex, home to PNP Cycles and Freer Gun Shop. Across Laverne St. west of another warehouse complex and the Spring Branch Service Center are the Leaf Hollow Apartments; east of where Spring Branch Dr. meets Longpoint is the Woodridge Nursing & Rehabilitation facility, next to the Korean Community Center of Houston.
- Firefighters battle huge warehouse fire in Spring Branch; nearby school evacuatedÂ [KPRC]
- Shelter In Place Continues for Spring Branch AreaÂ [AlertHouston]
Images: Houston Fire Department (photo), Google Earth (map)