A chemical leak at Westlake Chemical is sparking a major health crisis in the northern city.
The plant’s owner has warned that it may be in danger of overheating and a leak could start in days.
The fire at Westwood plant is the latest incident involving Westlake.
The company has been in administration since January.
The owner of the Westlake chemical plant, Joseph Nelissen, has warned of a potential fire at the plant and has said the plant may need to shut down by the end of the year.
The Westwood fire is believed to have started in the factory’s boiler room. “
Westwood is committed to continuing to be safe and to provide a safe environment for our customers, employees and customers of our suppliers.”
The Westwood fire is believed to have started in the factory’s boiler room.
Mr Nelislen said it was “very difficult” to predict what would happen, and the company was trying to get the fire under control.
But he added that the fire was not likely to last long.
“We have no information about the temperature of the water, the pressure, the volume of the steam, the amount of chemicals that we have in there,” he said.
He said Westwood would have to shut off the entire boiler room if the fire started.
Westwood is owned by the multinational pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences.
The Westlake plant was shut down in November after the company found a number of leaks of some of the chemicals.
It was forced to temporarily close and to suspend the use of some chemicals, but there were no leaks on Friday.
“At this stage, the plant is shut down.
The temperature is very high in there, and there’s no danger to the health of our employees or our customers,” Mr Nelsens boss told the BBC.
A Westwood spokesman said: “[The boiler room] is a very important part of our plant.
“There is no need to evacuate the facility.” “
The fire has been extinguished but it is not yet clear if the heat is enough to start the fire. “
There is no need to evacuate the facility.”
The fire has been extinguished but it is not yet clear if the heat is enough to start the fire.
Mr Lutke said: [Westlake] has a very good record in terms of safety and the quality of the products we use.
“So this is not an isolated incident and it is going to be a real challenge to bring this plant back on track.”
A spokesperson for Giled said: ‘We are working closely with the authorities and will provide all support to the residents and businesses affected by this event.’
A Westlake spokesperson said: It is a complex situation and we are in discussions with the local authorities and the fire service.