The city of Deer Park, Texas, issued a shelter-in-place order early Thursday due to airborne levels of the hazardous chemical benzene in the wake of a three-day fire at a petrochemicals facility. Schools and roads have been closed.
ITC said a “chemical odor incident occurred at our facility. At this time, an odor may be noticeable to the community. We are coordinating with local officials, and working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.” Residents were told to remain indoors, close all doors and windows and turn off air conditioning and heating systems. They were also told to cover any gaps, holes or cracks with wet towels or sheets to prevent vapors from entering their homes.