Fire crews go back to Wharton chemical plant after fire reignites

Flames have reignited at a chemical plant in Wharton just hours after multiple fire departments extinguished a massive fire overnight.

SkyFOX was over the Prime ECO Group Plant located at 2933 Highway 60, which showed smoke still billowing and a small fire. Fire crews showed up to put out the flames.

The shelter-in-place was lifted for residents of Wharton after the major chemical plant fire that erupted Tuesday night around 10, sparking multiple explosions.

Multiple fire departments responded to the scene at the Prime ECO Group Plant. After several hours they were able to extinguish it.

The fire was ignited in building three of the plant, but it’s unclear what sparked this chemical fire.

According to the company's website, it manufactures chemical products for the oil, gas and construction industries.

Wharton County plant fire

Photo of the Wharton County plant fire (Source: Kay Gilley)

Products like hand sanitizer and some fuel stabilizer were engulfed in flames, leaving behind major damage to the building.

Highway 60 was forced closed overnight, but it appears to be back open Wednesday morning and police have left the area.

Fortunately, there were no reported injuries.


Wharton Police Department thanked the multiple agencies that helped to put out the fire overnight, including Wharton VFD, Boling VFD, Hungerford VFD, Glen Flora VFD, El Campo VFD, East Bernard VFD, Needville VFD, Fort Bend County Haz-Mat and the Bay City VFD.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.