A fire continued to burn late Saturday night at the Port Neches, Texas, chemical plant that exploded Wednesday night, Kallanish Energy reports.
Area residents have been cleared to return to the area since Friday, and officials said Saturday they have found no measurable concentration of asbestos in the air, Fox News reported. Officials said the fire continues to be contained.
The plant experienced two explosions that forced a mandatory evacuation for 50,000 residents, while igniting fears of asbestos contamination.
Officials said some of the equipment that had exploded at the TPC Group chemical plant site contained asbestos insulation. “Specialists will be assessing homes and yards within approximately one-half-mile of the TPC Port Neches Operations fence line,” TPC Group said, in a posted update.
“Please be aware that the cleanup specialists are required to wear protective clothing to remove debris beyond the fence line. We expect assessments and clean up to begin immediately.”
Three plant workers were injured in the blasts, including two TPC employees and a contractor, who have since been treated and released from hospitals in Houston and Port Arthur, Texas, said Troy Monk, TPC’s director of Health, Safety and Security.
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