Video: Fire burning at ITC facility in Deer Park.
Deer Park (Texas) firefighters responded about 10:00 a.m. CDT Sunday March 17, 2019 to the Intercontinental Terminals Companies on Independence Parkway to a chemical tank fire.
As of 1:00 p.m. CT the fire was reported to be uncontrolled. The facility’s emergency teams are responding to the fire.
UPDATE: On Monday morning March 18, 2019, there are eight storage tanks involved with fire in Deer Park, Texas.
MONDAY MORNING VIDEO: Fire spreads to six-to-seven additional chemical storage tanks near Deer Park, Texas — about 15 miles east of Houston.
The fire scene on Independence Parkway is located about 1.8 miles north of Highway 225, and about 15 miles east of downtown Houston. Winds were from the Northeast at 12 MPH at 2:59 CDT. Winds are forecast to remain less than 7 MPH Sunday afternoon and overnight Sunday/Monday.
SH-225 is shut down in both directions from Beltway 8 to Independence Pkwy. Independence Pkwy is closed in both directions near the facility.
Initially, no injuries were reported.
A shelter in place has been issued in the entire municipality of Deer Park because of the fire and smoke and fumes that are drifting toward Deer Park. The population of Deer Park was 32,010 in the 2010 U.S. Census. As of 3:00 p.m. Sunday, no respiratory caution advisories were available, and information was officially released to the public regarding what chemical was burning in the tank or what chemicals might be in the fumes in the air.
In an interview about 3:40 p.m.with ITC, the company representatives Alice Richardson and David W that the incident involves a normal gas type fire with carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide and “thing like that” … adding that air monitoring showed air pollution was “below normal.” According to Alice Richardson, PIO for ITC and David Wascome, Vice President of Terminal Operations, the fire burning is “naphtha, which is a component of gasoline”
Press Conference 3:40 PM
Naphtha is burning in fire
Fire being fought defensively
Evacuation has not been ordered, but a shelter in place has been ordered
— Alice Richardson, ITC PIO
Naphtha is a flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixture, produced from natural gas condensates, petroleum distillates, and the distillation of coal tar and peat.
Naphtha has a gasoline- or kerosene-like odor.
Petroleum naphtha is an intermediate hydrocarbon liquid stream derived from the refining of crude oil.
Hazardous combustion products (by products of burning) are Carbon monoxide (CO), Carbon dioxide (CO2), Hydrocarbons, and Aldehydes.
Aldehydes are toxic and poisonous.
Fire Extinguishing Agents Not to Be Used: Water may be ineffective.Fire Extinguishing Agents: Foam, carbon dioxide, or dry chemical (USCG, 1999)
Fire evacuation is recommended one-half mile in all directions.
Naphtha should not be confused with Naphthalene.
According to the official website for Intercontinental Terminals Company, The ITC Deer Park terminal started in 1972 and currently has 13.1 million barrels (2.2 million cbm) of capacity in 242 tanks. It stores all kinds of petrochemical liquids and gases, as well as fuel oil, bunker oil and distillates. The terminal has five ship docks and ten barge docks, rail and truck access, as well as multiple pipeline connections.
EMERGENCY MESSAGE: City of Deer Park issuing SHELTER-IN-PLACE emergency in Deer Park. Please take immediate action and seek shelter….
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Posted by KHOU 11 News on Sunday, March 17, 2019