Large Mulch Fire Breaks Out in Houston, Texas (VIDEO)

Houston Fire Department (HFD) responded to a large fire at the Living Earth mulch facility in Houston, Texas on Sunday.

The call to action was prompted at around 2:27 p.m., as a towering plume of smoke was reported to have been seen in the vicinity, according to FOX 26.

The fire rapidly spread to several other large mounds of mulch, prompting an immediate and determined response from the firefighters.

The HFD’s efforts managed to prevent the flames from reaching a nearby warehouse on the property. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported.

“Our first concern is always going to be our firefighters, so we’ve been diligent about rotating them out and ensuring they’re taking their breaks while on this location,” said Martee Black, Public Information Officer for the Houston Fire Dept.

In an update, the Houston Fire Department confirmed that the fire had been isolated but would continue to burn and smolder until heavy machinery could be brought in to spread the burning material apart, enabling full extinguishment.

Concurrently, the Health Department remains vigilant, monitoring air quality, urging the public to avoid the area.

Fire Chief of the City of Houston Fire Department, Samuel Peña, said the fire department was able to isolate the burning materials and the cause has not been determined.

In a separate update late Sunday night, Peña said, “there is nothing that would prompt a shelter in place or evacuation.”

Arson investigators are currently investigating the cause of the fire. Firefighters will work through the night to contain the fire.

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