Authorities ordered residents in Deer Park (Texas state) to remain sheltered in place as a fire at a petrochemical plant continues as of Monday morning (local time), March 18. Fire officials indicate the fire at the Deer Park petrochemical plant began on Sunday, March 17, located roughly 24 km (15 mi) southeast of Houston, and quickly spread during the early morning hours on Monday. According to Deer Park Office of Emergency Management, the risk of explosion is minimal and no chemicals have been detected in the air. Lingering transportation disruptions are to be expected in Deer Park over the coming hours.
Individuals in Deer Park are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the affected area, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities. Further updates from Deer Park officials on the situation can be found here.
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