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Huge fire in petroch plant near Houston could last two more days

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A chemical fire near Houston is still burning more than 20 hours after igniting and could continue to rage.

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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.

A chemical fire near Houston is still burning more than 20 hours after igniting.

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.

The fire marshal's office is working with FEMA to try to smother the fire with a foam pumper, said Rachel Moreno, a public information officer for the agency. She also said officials are also monitoring air quality around the fire to make sure pollution levels remain relatively safe for firefighters.

Ray Russell with Channel Industries Mutual Aid said the fire could burn two more days.

"It's gonna have to burn out in that tank," he said Monday at a news conference, adding that firefighters are in a defensive mode.


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