1000 Treated, 15 Sent To E.R. After Houston Chemical Storage Fire

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Published on March 23, 2019 - Duration: 00:40s

1000 Treated, 15 Sent To E.R. After Houston Chemical Storage Fire

Roughly 1,000 people sought treatment at a pop-up treatment center for symptoms including nausea, headaches, and respiratory problems. According to Gizmodo's Earther, the treatment center was erected after Intercontinental Terminals Company's chemical storage facility in Deer Park, Houston caught fire this week.

At least 15 cases were dubbed serious enough to warrant a transfer to local emergency rooms. The massive fire broke out on March 17, releasing over 9 million pounds of pollutants into the region, and was eventually extinguished on March 20th.

The catastrophe also released large amounts of the cancer-causing chemical benzene, in the form of vapor after the fire was put out.

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