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Texas Chemical Fire Burns For A Second Day
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29 Nov 2019 12:35 AM EST

A major fire at a Texas petrochemical plant continued to burn for a second day on Thursday. According to Reuters, more than 60,000 people have been forced to evacuate. The inferno is burning inside a distillation column at the Port Neches, Texas, TPC Group facility. The fire injured three workers, blew locked doors off their hinges and spewed a plume of toxic chemicals for miles. The plant manufactures petrochemicals used to make rubber and resins. According to officials, the volatile organic compounds in the explosion’s smoke can lead to eye, nose and throat irritation. The pollution regulator Texas Commission on Environmental Quality also warned of shortness of breath, headaches, and nausea.