Houston flood: Texas emergency crews sue Arkema chemical plant

From BBC - September 7, 2017

Seven members of the Texas emergency services are suing a chemical factory rocked by explosions and fires after Hurricane Harvey.

Lawyers allege that negligence caused flammable materials to ignite after the Arkema plant near Houston was flooded and lost power. They are claiming more than $1m (763,000) in damages.

The seven were enforcing a 1.5-mile evacuation zone and were treated in hospital after breathing smoke.

Arkema has not yet commented.

The alarm was raised at the flooded plant, in Crosby, when power failed and organic peroxides stored there could no longer be kept refrigerated, making them combustible.

After the area was sealed off, explosions and fire ripped through the containers, sending plumes of smoke over the area. The fires were eventually put out and authorities lifted the evacuation order on Monday.

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