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Crosby Plant Fire near Houston kills 1 person and forces a lockout



At least one person was killed Tuesday at the KMCO factory in Crosby, Texas, Harris County sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.

Two others are in critical condition and were taken to a hospital by helicopter said.

The fire is included, she said, but the firefighters are working to spread.

The incident began when a transfer line in the area of ​​an isobutylene tank ignited, the sheriff said. A neighboring warehouse was also set on fire.

Residents within 1 km of the factory were told to protect themselves, Harris County Sheriff's Office said. However, there does not seem to be any dangerous chemicals in the air.

"We have not seen any action-level discoveries," said Matt Loesel, coordinator of the US Environmental Protection Agency

. Moreno said it was dry and flammable chemicals in the warehouse where flames came.

The independent school district of Crosby shut down heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems at all locations. "The teachers have sealed doors where this was possible as an extra safeguard," the district said.
The Galena Park Independent School District ceased all outdoor activities and turned off the air and ventilation systems for the remainder of the school day.
The KMCO facility is located approximately 40 km northeast of Deer Park, where a facility of the Intercontinental Terminals Co. was set on fire and burned last month.

"Our hearts and prayers go to those affected as well as to our first responders, employees and our community," said KMCO President John C. Foley. "We apologize for the inconvenience to local residents, and the well-being of our employees, neighbors and the environment remains our top priorities."

Pierre Meilhan of CNN contributed to this report.


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