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Sat Nov 30, 2019, 05:39 AM

Evacuation order lifted as huge Texas plant fire 'contained'

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Officials lifted evacuation orders Friday for around 50,000 people on the Texas Gulf Coast, determining a massive fire was finally under control at a chemical plant rocked by two major explosions two days earlier.

We are in a position to say its contained. We feel comfortable with the efforts that have been made by our firefighters, Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick said at a news conference in Port Neches, about 80 miles (129 kilometers) east of Houston.

But the area around the TPC Group plant remained dangerous. Several isolated fires were still blazing and visible at the facility, which makes chemical and petroleum-based products. Officials said they could not predict when those would be fully extinguished.

The explosions began early Wednesday morning and were so big that nearby homes captured the bright balls of fire on front-porch security cameras. The blasts shattered windows and ripped doors off hinges. Three workers were injured, and when a second blast erupted 13 hours after the initial overnight explosion, evacuation orders covered a 4-mile (6.4-kilometer) radius around the plant took effect.

Read more: https://www.oaoa.com/news/business/article_7d40bebc-79ba-5817-b03e-fdfa664c8dba.html
(Odessa American)

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