Houston District Schools Closed Due to Petrochemical Plant Fire

Source: 123RF

Houston, TX – A fire that broke out Sunday morning at Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, about 15 miles southeast of Houston, and continued to burn Sunday night, has caused the closure of Deer Park District schools.

Emergency responders were continuing to use foam to try to control the fire and prevent it from spreading further.

The 242 tanks at the terminal have a total capacity of 13.1 million barrels, according to ITC’s website.

According to Bloomberg, Harris County officials say the fire started at the terminal that stores petrochemical liquids and gases, including fuel oil and bunker oil. The company’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 Saturday has been contained.

ITC said pumping operations are underway to reduce the amount of combustible material in the tank containing naphtha.

All personnel had been accounted for and no injuries were reported, according to the company.

The release said ITC is coordinating its response with representatives of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, EPA, the U.S. Coast Guard, Harris County, and other federal, state, and local agencies.