Industrial fire engulfs chemical plant in north-central Texas

Industrial fire engulfs chemical plant in north-central Texas

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.

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