One person is reportedly injured and hospitalized after a warehouse fire in Memphis, firefighters say.
The Memphis Fire Department responded to an explosion Tuesday shortly after 3:30pm at the PMC Biogenix warehouse on Pope Street, according to reports.
The warehouse fire was the result of a chemical explosion.
Lt. Hunter Smith told Commercial Appeal that the explosion at the plant was likely due to a fatty acid being handled.
MFD had been told by the company that the chemical in question would become less volatile as it cooled.
Memphis Fire Department says that there’s no environmental damage that requires evacuation.
More than than 100 firefighters were on the scene at 1231 Pope Street, according to WREG.
Smoke is visible several miles away, from Downtown Memphis.
Smith said that there is no need to evacuate the surrounding neighborhood.
Memphis Police Department reportedly blocked off Warford Street shortly after 5pm.
PMC BioGenix makes specialty chemicals from renewable resources, according to their website.
The fire comes less than two weeks after another Memphis fire that left one man dead.
The City is tragically where American rapper Young Dolph passed away towards the end of last year.
One month after the rapper’s untimely death, Memphis named a street after him.