Fire At Petrochemical Plant Near Houston Prompts "Shelter In Place" Warning

Alan Scaia
March 18, 2019 - 8:01 am
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HOUSTON (1080 KRLD) - A fire at a plant that stores chemicals used in gasoline has shut down schools and led to an order for people to stay inside near Houston.

The fire at Intercontinental Terminals Plant in Deer Park started around 11:30 Sunday morning.

No one was hurt, but the fire damaged two storage tanks Sunday morning. Deer Park started warning residents to stay indoors, close windows and shut off their heating and air conditioning.

Sunday evening, Deer Park said the fire had spread to five tanks at the facility.

Deer Park told all of its 34,000 residents to "shelter in place."

Governor Greg Abbott says the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Texas Department of Emergency Management have been working with Harris County to monitor air quality.

Deer Park ISD and neighboring La Porte ISD canceled school Monday, but Deer Park lifted the "shelter in place" order Monday morning. The city says no air quality readings exceeded action levels.

The city says it will continue monitoring air quality, urging residents to watch social media for updates.