Update, May 6: The chemicals released by yesterday’s fire turned Spring Branch Creek blood red — photo and more info here.
The fire department posted a long-distance shot this morning of the A1 Custom Packaging warehouse, currently on fire near the intersection of Laverne St. and Spring Branch Dr. north of Longpoint Dr. The 4-alarm blaze (shown above from nearly 9 miles away looking out over 59 across Upper Kirby) is about a quarter mile from Spring Branch Elementary School, which KPRC reports is being evacuated. Roughly 500 students and teachers are being bussed 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 system 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 their windows, turn off the AC and ventilation systems, and maybe have a go at sealing up cracks 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 evacuated [KPRC]
- Shelter In Place Continues for Spring Branch Area [AlertHouston]
Images: Houston Fire Department (photo), Google Earth (map)