UPDATE: Houston-Area Petrochemicals Plant Fire Likely To Burn 2 More Days

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

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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.

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Because of smoke from the chemicals, residents in the area were ordered to stay inside and at least one highway in the area was closed.

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Officials with the Deer Creek Office of Emergency Management hired an air quality monitoring company and as of 5:30 a.m. determined that “no air quality readings have exceeded action levels” and lifted the shelter-in-place order.

As a precautionary measure the nearby La Porte Independent School District has canceled classes for the day.

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Firefighters are using foam to try and extinguish the flames.