Explosions and smoke were reported at a flooded Arkema chemical plant located outside of Houston, the company said early Thursday.
The Harris County Emergency Operations Center notified Arkema of two explosions and black smoke coming from the chemical plant at around 2 a.m. local time, the company said in a statement.
Arkema said its plant lost its primary source of power and two sources of emergency backup power due to flooding, which caused the plant to lose "critical refrigeration" of products located at the plant. The company said some of the organic peroxide products will burn if they are not stored at a low temperature.
Residents living around the plant were warned that additional explosions may occur, since the products are stored at several locations on site.
After speaking with public officials, Arkema said they agreed the "best course of action is to let the fire burn itself out."
The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office confirmed on its Twitter account that there were a series of chemical reactions at the Arkema facility, which is located in Crosby, Texas.
One deputy was taken to the hospital, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, after inhaling fumes from the plant. Nine others drove themselves there to be safe.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office said the smoke inhaled by the deputies isn't believed to be toxic.
Arkema's president and CEO warned of possible explosions Tuesday when the peroxides at the plant began to warm after the facility lost its primary and backup power from Hurricane Harvey flooding.
Employees were told to leave the site Tuesday, and local law enforcement also evacuated people living within 1.5 miles of the plant.