2 dead after large warehouse explosion shakes Houston

By: The Associated Press
January 24, 2020

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's police chief confirmed to the AP that two people died after a large warehouse explosion.

The explosion at an apparent industrial building happened early Friday, and it was felt for miles away, left rubble scattered in the area and damaged nearby homes.

The Houston Fire Department said one person was taken to a hospital because of the blast.

The explosion shook other buildings about 4:30 a.m., with reports on Twitter of a boom felt across the city. A fire burned following the explosion smoke was seen hanging over the area.

The explosion appeared to be centered on an industrial building and some nearby homes were damaged.

Houston police tweeted that they were responding and officers were blocking off streets in the area.

As the fire burned, a firefighter asked a KTRK-TV reporter to move away because of potential hazards.


ORIGINAL STORY
HOUSTON, TX (KHOU) - News outlets are reporting a building explosion has rattled downtown Houston, Texas.

Initial reports say the explosion happened just before 4:30 a.m. Central time.

There is no word on why the building exploded or if there are any injuries.

WCTV will continue to monitor this situation and will update this story as needed.