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Deer Park plant on fire; second in Houston this weekend

Posted at 12:17 PM, Mar 17, 2019

HOUSTON (AP) – Southeastern Texas residents were urged to seek shelter after a fire broke out at a Houston-area petrochemicals terminal.

The fire was reported Sunday at Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) southeast of Houston. Deer Park officials issued a shelter-in-place directive after the fire was reported.

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Harris County officials say the fire started about 10 a.m. at the terminal that stores petrochemical liquids and gases, including fuel oil and bunker oil. ITC’s website says the terminal has a storage capacity of 13.1 million barrels.

The fire is the second in as many days at a Houston-area petrochemical facility. A fire at an ExxonMobil plant in nearby Baytown that broke out on Saturday afternoon has been contained by emergency officials. Company officials say no injuries were reported.

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