BREAKING NEWS Chico's Temporary Resting Center to remain open through weekend Full Story
SEVERE WX : Fire Weather Watch View Alerts

Texas chemical fire reignites

A chemical fire that was put out Wednesday is burning once more after several tanks caught fire.

Posted: Mar 22, 2019 3:29 PM
Updated: Mar 22, 2019 3:36 PM

HOUSTON, Texas - A blaze that burned several days at a petrochemical facility in suburban Houston reignited Friday, emergency management officials said.

Crews are responding to the Intercontinental Terminals Company, a storage facility in Deer Park, Texas, after two tanks appeared on fire, the Harris County Emergency Management Joint Information Center said.

Emergency responders are trying to determine which tanks are on fire, an ITC representative said.

"We are coordinating with federal, state, and local officials to resolve the issue as soon as possible," the company said in a statement.

The US Coast Guard has closed part of the Houston Ship Channel near the facility in response to the breach, ITC officials said.

A shelter-in-place order has not been issued in Deer Park at the moment, Harris County emergency management officials tweeted.

The fire had been extinguished Wednesday after burning for several days. It began in a single tank Sunday afternoon and quickly spread to a second tank, the company said.

By Tuesday, seven tanks were burning. The tanks contained chemicals that go into making gasoline, including xylene, naptha and pyrolysis gasoline, known as Pygas.

No serious injuries have been reported. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Chico
Partly Cloudy
63° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 63°
Oroville
Clear
65° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 65°
Paradise
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 63°
Chester
Partly Cloudy
64° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 64°
Red Bluff
Partly Cloudy
64° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 64°
Willows
Partly Cloudy
63° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 63°
We have beautiful weather around northern California right now, but it will get a lot more unsettled this weekend as a storm moves overhead. We can expect gusty wind, a big cooldown, and areas of light to moderate rain.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events