Toxic Cloud: Fire Continues to Burn in Deer Park, Texas

Just before 11 A.M. on March 17th, 2019 a chemical plant fire occurred at the Intercontinental Terminals Company LLC, also known as “ITC”, which is located near Highway 225 and Independence Parkway in Deer Park, Texas. The blaze continued to burn all day Sunday and has continued into Monday. Emergency crews have continuously worked around the clock to keep the fires contained. Unfortunately, additional tanks subsequently caught fire overnight. Nearby schools were closed for the day as a precaution.


The initial chemical that ignited was NAPTHA and later a separate tank of XYLENE. Both chemicals are components of gasoline. The newest chemical identified in the fire is TOLUENE.

The Harris County Public Health agency has issued a statement regarding potential symptoms or side-effects commonly related to exposure to these chemicals.

Most common symptoms are:

  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Burning, irritation and redness to eyes, nose and throat
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

Please seek medical attention if you are experiencing any of these symptoms or if they worsen.

The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner is investigating the plant fire and currently representing nearby residents and workers affected by the toxic cloud.

Benny Agosto, Jr. is a partner at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner in Houston, Texas. For over 68 years, Abraham Watkins has successfully represented injured people and families who fall victim to catastrophes. Our attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to obtain just compensation for their clients. If your life has been impacted by the ITC fire, please contact the office of Benny Agosto, Jr. at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner, by letter at 800 Commerce Street, Houston, Texas 77002, or by phone at (713) 222-7211.