Texas Chemical Plant Fire: 15 deputies sought medical attention

CROSBY, Texas (AP) – The Harris County sheriff says 15 deputies sought medical attention for eye irritation after a fire started at a Houston-area chemical plant but most were quickly treated and released.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says 13 had already been released and the other two were expected to be released soon. He says the 15 deputies were in the evacuation area but near the plant.

Explosions and fires rocked the flood-crippled Arkema Inc. plant in Crosby early Thursday, sending up a plume of acrid, eye-irritating smoke. The plant’s owners warned more explosions could follow because a lack of refrigeration was causing chemicals stored there to degrade and burn.

There were no immediate reports of any serious injuries.

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