Fire Continues To Rage At Petrochemical Plant Near Houston

DEER PARK, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A chemical fire near Houston is still burning more than 20 hours after igniting.

It was just after 10:30 a.m. Sunday when the plant that stores petrochemical liquids and gases, including fuel and bunker oil, caught fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park.

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This morning the fire has spread to a total of eight tanks. According to the company website the plant has a storage capacity of more than 13 million barrels.

Because of smoke from the chemicals, residents in the area have been ordered to stay inside and several roads have been closed.

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City officials have hired an air quality monitoring company to determine the shelter-in-place order can be lifted.

Firefighters are using foam to try and extinguish the flames.

Original published: 2019-03-18 06:54:40 Read the full Dallas News here

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