Chemical Plant Fire Creates Large Cloud of Dark Smoke Near Houston

A fire at a petrochemicals plant spread to eight storage tanks on March 18, causing a large plume of dark smoke to appear over Houston, Texas, local media reported.

The fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) prompted schools in the Deer Park area to close on Monday; however, air quality readings conducted in response to the incident did not exceed action levels, the City of Deer Park Office of Emergency Management said.

Fire crews were reported to be working to reduce the risk of an explosion, which was described as “minimal” by ITC. No injuries were reported. Credit: @ansleyb08 via Storyful