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The City of Deer Park issued a shelter in place for its residents, saying:
"This is an update to the Shelter-in-Place Emergency in Deer Park. As of 1:00PM, the chemical tank fire remains uncontrolled. As a precaution, the Shelter-in-Place has been expanded to include all of Deer Park city limits. Residents are asked to remain sheltered and avoid going outdoors if at all possible. Community air monitoring is being conducted and additional updates will be provided as they become available."
The facility is located on Independence Parkway, just north of Highway 225.
La Porte OEM said it closed Highway 225 in both directions from Beltway 8 to Independence Parkway
Officials say a second tank at the ITC plant has caught on fire as crews continue trying to put out the flames in Deer Park.
The chemicals in the original two tanks that caught fire are Naptha and Xylene, both components in gasoline. According to earlier reports, Naptha can irritate the nose and throat when breathed, and poisonous gases are produced when it's exposed to fire.
The fire spread to five more tanks overnight.