PORT NECHES, Texas (AP) — A massive Texas chemical plant fire that rocked a Gulf Coast town with two major explosions is finally considered contained after three days and evacuation orders for 50,000 people have been lifted, officials said Friday.
“We are in a position to say it’s contained. We feel comfortable with the efforts that have been made by our firefighters,” Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick said at a news conference.
Branick said residents should still avoid the area around the TPC Group plant about 80 miles (129 kilometers) east of Houston. He said fires remain in the facility but are isolated.
The explosions began early Wednesday morning and blew out windows and doors of nearby homes. Three workers were injured, and the evacuation orders covered a 4-mile radius around the plant during the Thanksgiving holiday.