Multiple tanks burning again after massive fire at Texas plant
A flare up of the massive blaze that burned several days at a petrochemical facility in suburban Houston has been contained, officials said.
A secondary fire ignited Friday at the Intercontinental Terminals Company, a storage facility in Deer Park, Texas, engulfing multiple tanks as well as an area of grass on the west side of the facility, a company representative said.
It’s unclear how many tanks caught fire. Emergency responders were laying down foam to prevent further flames Friday evening.
The US Coast Guard has closed part of the Houston Ship Channel near the facility in response to the breach, ITC officials said.
A shelter-in-place order has not been issued in Deer Park at the moment, Harris County emergency management officials tweeted.
The fire had been initially extinguished Wednesday after burning for several days. It began in a single tank Sunday afternoon and quickly spread to a second tank, the company said.
By Tuesday, seven tanks were burning. The tanks contained chemicals that go into making gasoline, including xylene, naptha and pyrolysis gasoline, known as Pygas.
No serious injuries have been reported. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.