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The Latest: Cleanup begins at Texas petrochemicals facility

2 years 1 month 2 days ago Wednesday, March 20 2019 Mar 20, 2019 March 20, 2019 10:05 AM March 20, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

HOUSTON (AP) - The Latest on a fire that had been burning at a Texas petrochemical storage facility (all times local):

11 a.m.

Crews that extinguished a fire that burned for days at a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility are now cleaning up the site.

International Terminals Company spokeswoman Alice Richardson said at a Wednesday news conference the cleanup efforts will allow workers to reach the site and begin the investigation into what caused the blaze.

Richardson says crews will continue spraying foam and water on tanks that caught fire to cool them down and prevent the blaze from reigniting. The tanks contained components of gasoline and materials used in nail polish remover, glues and paint thinner.

The fire in Deer Park was extinguished at 3 a.m. Wednesday. It began Sunday at the facility southeast of Houston, sending a huge, dark plume of smoke thousands of feet in the air.

Adam Adams with the Environmental Protection Agency says testing shows the air quality remains safe.

5:50 a.m.

Crews have extinguished a fire that's burned for days at a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility.

International Terminals Company says the blaze in Deer Park was extinguished as of 3 a.m. Wednesday. The fire began Sunday at the facility southeast of Houston, sending a huge, dark plume of smoke thousands of feet in the air, though officials said air quality remained safe.

ITC says crews will continue to spray foam and water on the storage tanks that caught fire to cool them down and prevent the fire from reigniting.

The company says steam and smoke will be visible, and the fire could still flare back up.

The tanks that caught fire contained components of gasoline and materials used in nail polish remover, glues and paint thinner.

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