On March 17, 2019, a fire broke out at Intercontinental Terminal Co., petrochemical plant in Deer Park.
As the fire spread within the facility, nine of 15 of the plant’s tanks containing pygas became engulfed.
Initially, the fire was put out in the early morning hours of March 20. But 12 hours later, the fire reignited. Crews removed chemicals from the remaining tanks as a precautionary measure, but much damage had already been done.
As a result, dangerous chemical vapors were released into the Houston air, water, and ground. Benzene, a carcinogen, was detected in the air near the incident site. Other chemicals in the tanks included naptha, xylene, and toluene.
Many people living, working, and going to school near the fires reported physical symptoms due to chemical exposure. Some of the symptoms experienced by those affected included:
- Difficulty breathing
- Burning and irritation to eyes, nose, and throat
The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner, is representing several of those affected by the chemical fires.
If you are a client of our firm, please use this page as a resource for information. We will be updating it as more information is available.
Click On The Letters Below For An Update On The ITC Case:
- May 17, 2019 Update (PDF)
- May 17, 2019 Update, Spanish (PDF)
- May 30, 2019 Update (PDF)
- May 30, 2019 Update, Spanish (PDF)
- Amended order
- August 9, 2019 Court Order
- Transcript of Initial Conference on July 29, 2019
- Order – Co-Lead Counsel 10-7-2019
- Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board: New report finds ITC didn’t have an important alert system in place 10-30-2019
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