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Texas Fire Marshal Pinpoints Cause of ITC Terminal Fire

Texas Fire Marshal Pinpoints Cause of ITC Terminal Fire

A report released by the Harris County Fire Marshal's office isolates the cause of the March 2019 terminal fire in Deer Park, Texas, as a mechanical failure at a key control point for an 80,000-gallon storage tank containing butane enriched naphtha.

December 6, 2019

EPA Rescinds Regulations Approved After West, Texas, Explosion

Three years and nine months after an April 2013 ammonium nitrate explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killed 15 people, all but three of them emergency responders, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency put new rules in place to prevent a disaster like it from ever happening again.

November 22, 2019

Texas Volunteers Confront Uncertain Silo Situation

Hurricane Harvey and its Aftermath

Whoever plans for potential disasters considers the most severe possible outcome that can reasonably be projected. Unfortunately, the word "reasonably" cannot be applied to Harvey.

October 1, 2017

Waxahachie, Texas: Oct. 3, 2011
Pasadena, Texas: Oct. 23, 1989

Pasadena, Texas: Oct. 23, 1989

The name Pasadena remains most notably linked with a flowery New Year’s Day parade in California. If ever a disaster deserved sole rights to co-opt a community's name, it would be the explosion and fire that rocked the other Pasadena in October 1989.

September 1, 2009

Texas City, Texas: Nov. 3, 2003
Pearland, Texas: May 1, 2002

Pearland, Texas: May 1, 2002

Beyond the risk to life and property, a fire at a plant or refinery can have a long term impact of the economic welfare of the community. However, that doesn't change the basic equation of industrial fire fighting that no water means no fire protection.

July 1, 2003

Sealy, Texas: July 24, 2000
Houston, Texas: June 24, 1994
Houston, Texas: Dec. 22, 1996