Houston blaze fight hampered by malfunction

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Published on March 19, 2019 - Duration: 01:28s

Houston blaze fight hampered by malfunction

A huge fire engulfing a petrochemical storage facility near Houston, Texas intensified overnight Monday due to a loss of water pressure for firefighters.

No injuries had been reported and Intercontinental Terminals Company spokesperson Alice Richardson said that, despite the smoke billowing from the fire, air quality was "below levels that would represent health concerns." Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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Houston blaze fight hampered by malfunction

ROUGH CUT (no reporter narration) STORY: A huge fire engulfing a petrochemical storage facility near Houston, Texas intensified overnight Monday due to a loss of water pressure for firefighters.

Intercontinental Terminals Company spokesperson Alice Richardson told reporters on Tuesday that despite the smoke produced by the blaze, no injuries had been reported and that the air quality was "below levels that would represent health concerns." The fire continued to rage Tuesday and was expected to burn for another day, sending thick black smoke into the air for miles around.

The blaze at a site along the Houston Ship Channel in Deer Park, Texas, began Sunday (March 17) when a leak from a tank containing volatile naphtha ignited and spread to others in the same complex, the company said.

The tanks hold tens of thousands of barrels of products used to boost gasoline octane, make solvents and plastics.

The blaze has not disrupted nearby refineries or shipping at the country's busiest petrochemical port, authorities said.

The Houston Ship Channel is home to nine U.S. oil refineries that process 2.3 million barrels per day (bpd), or 12 percent of the national total.

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