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US: Fire at a Houston petrochemicals facility, residents urged to remain indoors

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Houston, Mar 18: Some Houston-area residents have been urged to remain indoors as a fire burns at a petrochemicals terminal.

The fire started on Sunday morning at Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, about 24 kilometers southeast of Houston, and continued to burn Sunday night. Deer Park officials issued a shelter-in-place directive after the fire was reported.

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Efforts to extinguish the fire with foam continue. Harris County officials say the fire started at the terminal that stores petrochemical liquids and gases, including fuel oil and bunker oil.

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The company's website says the terminal has a storage capacity of 13.1 million barrels. The fire is the second in as many days at a Houston-area petrochemical facility.

A fire at an ExxonMobil plant in nearby Baytown that broke out Saturday has been contained.


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