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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-20-2019, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thank goodness it is finally out. 12-13 of the tanks burned to the ground. Mostly naphtha, toulene, and other light ends that are used in blending gasoline.

The cause is still under investigation, but some are saying pump seal leak. You may have seen it in the news. It made national headlines.

From my house, it is only about 6-7 miles as the crow flies. Here is a pic from out back yard.

For more information, Google "ITC plant fire deer park, tx".
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Some of those are probably less toxic if they burn. Lucky for you the smoke and fumes weren't blowing towards you.

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Quite the sight...! Must have looked scary...

Good to see you had plenty of water between you and the fire...
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I wonder if they fight the fire...or just let it burn itself out?
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Looks like the smoke plume missed you thankfully. I watched it as it happened on the news and thought of you immediately. Looked like one hell of a fire , and not something they could put out .
Had no idea at the time you were that close . Glad you made it threw unscathed
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That was indeed a fire of concern. EPA kept assuring people there was no danger but hey, it's smoke and chemical so.......The fire was allowed to burn itself out as I imagine the temperatures were just too hot and the supply of fuel limited to those tanks. You would have thought they would have better containment procedures in place. My understanding is no one got hurt which is paramount. Burns are a very painful way to die.
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We have a conentration of refineries near the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach. Every once in awhile tanks and the refinery will catch fire. If a tank goes up, they generally let it burn out, but plant fires, the fight. Plant fires are always followed by spikes in gas prices. I no longer live in the Los Angeles basin, which has what they call an inversion layer, the acts like a "lid" that holds all the pollution in suspension over the basin. It's cleaner air down there most of the time now. But when I was growing up, we often had orange smog for weeks at a time.

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The toluene fumes are bad stuff for anyone close by. Glad your far enough away. Hope all the first responders are ok tough job.
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Glad you were far enough away Mike and happy that it is finally out.
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Heard about this on the radio, glad it is out and that you are safe!
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