Nobody hurt in gas, cylinder company fire in Central Texas

Published 07-17-2018

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BELLVILLE, Texas (AP) — Authorities say nobody has been hurt in a fire at a gas and cylinders company in Central Texas that's prompted some nearby residents to evacuate as a precaution.

Police in Bellville on Tuesday morning tweeted that the fire at Western International Gas & Cylinders led to the closure of Highway 159 east.

The Austin County Sheriff's Office ordered an evacuation within a mile of the plant in Bellville, a town of about 4,200 located 60 miles (96 kilometers) northwest of Houston.

Officials are seeking the cause of the fire at Western International, which provides bulk gases such as acetylene.

Sheriff Jack Brandes said Highway 159 was shut down from Bellville to Hempstead.

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