UPDATE: Wharton County fire crews gain control of plant fire overnight

The shelter in place lifted in the early morning hours

UPDATE: Wharton County fire crews gained control of the Prime ECO Group Plant fire in the early morning hours.

At approximately 1:11 a.m., the Wharton Police Department announced the shelter in place had been lifted and residents could resume running their air-conditioning units. WPD also posted the following statement, along with some photos, on their Facebook page:

“Our selfless area fire fighters have almost got the fire extinguished and it is under control at this point. Thank you to the Wharton VFD, Boling VFD, Hungerford VFD, Glen Flora VFD, El Campo VFD, East Bernard VFD, Needville VFD, Fort Bend Co Haz-Mat and the Bay City VFD for their tireless efforts and success at saving adjacent buildings and warehouses. You guys rocked tonight!”

WPD updated its post this morning stating Highway 60 is now open.

WHARTON, Texas – Building #3 of the Prime ECO Group Plant located at 2933 S. SH 60 in Wharton, Texas ignited at approximately 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3. The fire has caused major damage to the building.

According to the Wharton Police Department, fire crews from all over Wharton County responded and are actively working the fire. At this time, there are no reported injuries.

The City of Wharton has asked residents near the fire to turn off their air-conditioning units and to shelter in place until an all-clear is given.

Officials have not determined the cause of the fire at this time and will update the public with any breaking news as it becomes available.

The Wharton Police Department provided the above information and photos.