Source: http://content.usatoday.com, October 3, 2011
By: Douglas Stanglin
A massive industrial fire at a chemical processing plant is sending plumes of black smoke into the sky near Waxahachie, in north-central Texas, The Dallas Morning News reports.
The fire began before noon at the Magnablend chemical processing plant and quickly spread as a burning liquid. At one point, the fire caused a firetruck at the plant to explode.
Donald Golden, the plant’s environmental health and safety manager, tells CNN that all employees have been accounted for and that a nearby college and elementary school had been evacuated.
WFAA TV says its reporter, Gary Ultee, flew over the site and could see a man on a forklift removing containers as the fire continued to spread.
WFAA-TV also reports that authorities have warned residents to stay indoors to avoid possibly dangerous gases that may be released in the fire.