Texas Petrochemical Fire Spreads To More Storage Tanks After Firefighting Snag

 Tuesday, March 19, 2019

 Reuters

A raging fire at a petrochemical storage terminal in Houston has engulfed two more massive tanks after firefighting water pumps stopped working for six hours, the company said on Tuesday. The blaze at Intercontinental Terminals Co (ITC) in Deer Park, Texas, has been burning since Sunday when a leaking tank containing volatile naphtha ignited and quickly spread to other tanks within close proximity, the company said. The tanks hold tens of thousands of barrels of products used to boost gasoline octane, make solvents and plastics. The storage terminal on the Houston Ship Channel, the nation’s busiest petrochemical port, is home to nine refineries and petrochemical storage and loading facilities.
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