A massive fire broke out at an industrial center in Grand Prairie, west of Dallas, in the overnight hours, flames could be seen for miles, as the fire continues to rage on Wednesday morning.
The latest update from #GrandPrairie:— Chris Sadeghi (@chrissadeghi) August 19, 2020
A high-tension power line fell into flammable plastic materials near the Poly-America building creating a long wall fire that will likely burn until tomorrow.#IAmUp pic.twitter.com/sgp3Bh0i7X
Bill Murphy, Assistant Chief with the Grand Prairie Fire Department, told NBC DFW, the fire was sparked around midnight when overhanging powerlines fell onto a stack of plastic sheets at the Poly-America facility in the 2000 block of West Marshall Drive.
"The materials ignited and spread throughout the storage area," Murphy said. Several rail cars caught on fire and support towers for electricity lines are expected to collapse or have already as the heat from the fire has been intense.
The inferno could be seen from miles away, and local media reports explosions were heard.
The National Weather Service said the plume of smoke was so large that radars were able to capture it.
Poly-America makes plastic bags, trash bags, drop cloths, sheeting, vapor barrier film, shrink film, agriculture film, and other plastic products.
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