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Fire destroys chemical warehouse in Hutchins

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Staff Report
The Ellis County Press
HUTCHINS - The Dallas County Fire Marshall and Hutchins fire officials are investigating the cause of a major fire which engulfed the DYO Chemical warehouse Saturday night.

Hutchins Fire Chief Stacey Hickson and Capt. Ryan Woolever were at the scene Tuesday trying to determine the cause of the fire.

More than 60 firefighters from Hutchins, Lancaster, Dallas, Wilmer and Dallas County battled the blaze that broke out about 9:15 p.m. at the warehouse in the 1800 block of Carpenter Road, a fire official said.

The fire was put out at about 3:20 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities said the late-night blaze left no air hazards.

The warehouse stored chemicals used to dye leather products such as belts, shoes and saddles.

'It was a high-flammability [fire], but not anything that posed an immediate risk to life and health,' said Hutchins fire Capt. Ryan Woolever.

He said nobody was inside the warehouse when the fire started and no injuries were reported.

Authorities evacuated 110 people from Volunteers of America, a halfway house down the street from the warehouse.

One local resident watched the fire from her home at Wintergreen Terrace, a mobile home park less than a mile from the warehouse.

Observers reported flames shooting as high as 20 feet as the fire ignited chemicals inside the building.

One witness reported it vibrated her house.

'You could hear and feel it,' she said.

'It was just ‘boom,' it was a big orange ball in the air.'

Firefighters were still at the scene Sunday morning putting out hotspots.

Capt. Woolever said the Environmental Protection Agency monitored the air quality and found normal conditions.

Damage estimates were not available at press time.

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