A major fire at the petrochemical plant owned by Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co caught on fire last week, and reignited today. The media has been downplaying the effects and telling everybody that the air quality is safe.
DEER PARK, Texas (KTRK) — Cleanup and chemical offloading continue into the weekend at the ITC facility in Deer Park after a number of setbacks on Friday.
The fire reignited in three tanks Friday afternoon. The fire then spread to a ditch next to a containment wall against the tanks. That was just the latest issue. The first issue happened during the morning when a dike holding contaminated runoff from the firefighting efforts broke.
ITC officials say the breach in the wall has been closed, but they’re working to strengthen it.
A short shelter-in-place for only industrial neighbors was encouraged and the Houston Ship Channel was then closed from Tucker Bayou to Light 116 due to pollution.