Smoke Engulfs Houston

Smoke engulfs skies over Houston as fire rages at recycling center: HFD turns to boats to fight blaze

Smoke engulfs skies over Houston as fire rages at recycling warehouse

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A warehouse fire sent smoke billowing into the Houston sky. Photo by Shafik Rifaat
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The one alarm fire brought out fire trucks and fire boats because of its location near The Ship Channel. Photo by Shafik Rifaat
Fire fence
There is literally more smoke than fire in this Houston blaze. Photo by Shafik Rifaat
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Huge plumes of smoke filled the skies over the East End and could be seen for miles in Houston, causing drivers on area freeways to do a double take Saturday. It sure looked like a massive fire was raging somewhere in the city.

In this case, there literally may be more smoke than fire however. The Houston Fire Department is calling the blaze that produced all the smoke a one alarm fire.

The fire broke out at a recycling warehouse operated by Derichebourg Recycling USA, a French company. The fire got reported at 1:57 p.m. and a multiple of HFD units raced to the scene. The fire department ended up deploying fire boats, Hazmat units and traditional fire trucks to 8928 Wharf at Harrisburg Blvd.

The recycling warehouse is close to The Ship Channel and the materials in it could make fighting the fire a little trickier. There have been no reports of injuries from the fire.

The smoke it's producing is already creating quite a scene however. CultureMap contributor Shafik Rifaat jumped into action and took several exclusive shots of the smoky scene (click through the photo gallery above the story for more).

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