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EXPLOSION: Texas Plant Fire Cause Tank Explosions, 8 Tanks Affected

A petrochemical fire at a Deer Park plant could burn for two more days, officials said Monday morning, one day after the fire broke out.

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Emergency crews, including the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office and the nonprofit Channel Industries Mutual Aid, have been trying to control the fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company, which erupted about 10:30 a.m. Sunday and has grown to eight holding tanks.

Dark smoke from the fire continues to billow over the plant and can be seen for miles. Emergency officials said early Monday that no air quality readings from the fire “have exceeded action levels.” Deer Park on Monday also lifted a shelter-in-place that was ordered on Sunday.

Eight tanks have been affected, but one was empty, a plant official said. The affected tanks all contained gasoline components. Risk of explosion is minimal, plant officials said, adding that crews are taking precautions to reduce that possibility.

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