UPDATED: Massive Inferno Rips Through Complex Near Poly Trucking
*Story updated at 7:57 a.m. CST to reflect morning press briefing with Grand Prairie Assistant Fire Chief Bill Murray.
Grand Prairie, TX – Police and firefighters in Grand Prairie, TX were dispatched to a massive fire located in the vicinity of the Poly-America complex around midnight on Wednesday morning.
Photos and videos began surfacing online in the early morning hours, showing an enormous, raging inferno and a series of explosions at an undisclosed location in Grand Prairie.
Shortly after, fire crews confirmed the massive blaze was located in the 2000 block of West Marshall Drive, close to the President George Bush Turnpike.
A specific location was not immediately made clear by authorities.
However, Transportation Nation Network (TNN) can confirm the 2000 block of W. Marshall Drive is comprised of multiple buildings and companies under the Poly America, Inc. brand.
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One of the businesses located at 2000 W. Marshall Drive is 461-truck company, Poly Trucking.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Poly Trucking hauls general freight, metal, building materials, paper products, plastics and construction.
According to its website, Poly-America was founded in 1976, and is the world’s largest producer of polyethylene construction film and trash bags in the United States.
Smoke could be seen for miles as crews worked to contain the blaze.
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Multiple roads in the area have been closed as a result of the fire, according to Samantha Davies with local outlet NBC5.
“This is and will be impacting morning traffic,” Davies said.
As of publishing, the inferno is still raging and has yet to be contained.
A Wednesday morning press briefing with Grand Prairie Assistant Fire Chief Bill Murray reveals the blaze appears to have started when a nearby power line fell.
“From what we understand right now — you can see behind me there are high-tension power lines, with the towers — evidently one of the power lines fell down,” Murray stated.
According to Murray, some of the plastic inside Poly-America’s warehouse was ignited and quickly spread to other inventory.
“This is going to be burning late into tomorrow,” he predicted. “These are rolls of plastic sheeting, huge rolls, and they’re stacked sometimes eight-feet high. Plastic is hard to put out and it’s just gonna burn for, sometime ’til tomorrow.”
“The power company is with us. It’s not a matter of if, its a matter of when these towers come down. They’ve been de-energized at this time, but we’re afraid that they’ll pull all the other towers down and it could hit an energized line as well,” Murray continued.
Thankfully, no injuries have been reported.
The extent of the damage is also yet to be determined.
However, authorities estimate the size of the fire currently to be about the size of a football field.
This is a developing story.