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East Houston Chemical Plant Catches Fire

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A huge blaze at a chemical plant in east Houston this morning forced a shelter in place for nearby residents, KHOU first reported. 

Houston Fire Department officials said they responded to a fire at the LyondellBasell plant on North Allen-Genoa Road and Lawndale at 10:06 a.m., and issued a shelter-in-place for nearby areas at 11:10 in the morning. By 11:30, the fire was under control, the shelter in place was lifted and most of HFD's 26 units that responded to the blaze were on their way back.

HFD says there are no injuries and everyone has been accounted for, and that air quality monitoring has not yielded any unusual results around the fire. 

This is the latest in a recent string of industrial fires. Yesterday, a fire at a Baytown Exxon plant sent massive plumes of smoke into the air, and in early March the Houston Ship Channel was momentarily shut down while firefighters battled a blaze at a 99-year-old Pasadena refinery that injured a worker. In January, one worker died and three more were injured after a Pasadena PeroxyChem plant caught fire. 

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