The Texas City Fire Department on Tuesday responded to a fire at the Ashland chemical plant, the city's emergency management department said.

The department in a Facebook described the incident as a transformer fire. The plant is at the 4500 block of Attwater Avenue in Texas City.

There were no reported injuries and there are no threats to the community, according to the department.

The fire was contained quickly, said Tom Munoz, Texas City's emergency manager.

"It's nothing major, no injuries," Munoz said.

It's not clear what caused the fire, he said. The chemical plant's fire department was the first to respond and received extra help from the Texas City Fire Department.

The departments allowed some 4,000 gallons of mineral oil to burn off from the transformer plant, Munoz said. The oil is used as an insulator inside transformers. When mineral oil burns, it produces a dark smoke, which could be seen from roads near the plant on Tuesday.

Ashland is a chemical company that produces a wide range of products including adhesives and architectural coatings, and chemicals used in the automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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