A large fire at a petrochemical storage facility in Deer Park continues to rage into the third day as it spread to multiple tanks.
The fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company’s Deer Park facility started on Sunday, March 17 and spread to several chemical storage tanks, including naphtha and xylene.
The fire is expected to burn for another day or two as firefighters continue to battle the flames. Latest reports suggest that the fire has been contained within six storage tanks, although there were reports that it had spread to seven tanks, however it later emerged that one remained unscathed.
The fire started in tanks containing naphtha and xylene and spread to a small patch of containers that included Toluene. Company officials say that the risk of additional tanks catching fire remains minimal.
Alice Richardson, ITC spokeswoman, is reported saying: ‘We have made some headway that (only) three of our tanks are still on fire. Three others are intermittent fires. They flare up and they go down.’
No injuries have been reported and local health and emergency officials said early air quality tests suggest the fire has not posed a serious health risk.