Crews battle major fire at local manufacturing complex with hazardous materials inside

Published: Feb. 26, 2021 at 12:45 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 26, 2021 at 4:41 PM CST
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MCLENNAN COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) – Crews from seven area departments battled a fire Friday afternoon at a manufacturing complex just outside of Waco where potentially toxic chemicals including lacquer are used.

No injuries were reported.

The fire was burning at 6408 Gholson Rd., the address of Brazos Walking Sticks, which, according to its website, has produced hiking staffs and canes for more than 20 years.

The company is affiliated with Homestead Heritage, which is just north of the complex.

Several buildings are on the site on Gholson Road just north of FM 308.

Three of them were on fire.

The first units were dispatched to the complex just before noon Friday.

A hazardous materials crew was also dispatched to the complex because of the potentially dangerous chemicals.

Roads were closed in the area of the fire, but have since reopened.

The cause is under investigation.

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