On Sunday, March 17, 2019, at approximately 10:00 am, a large fire erupted at the Intercontinental Terminals Company, LLC (ITC) bulk liquid storage terminal located in Deer Park, Texas (Figure 1). The fire originated in the vicinity of Tank 80-8, an 80,000-barrel aboveground atmospheric storage tank that held naphtha, a flammable liquid, typically used as a feedstock or blend stock for production of gasoline. ITC was unable to isolate or stop the release of naphtha product from the tank, and the fire continued to burn, intensify, and progressively involved additional tanks in the tank farm. The fire was extinguished on the morning of March 20, 2019.
The incident did not result in any injuries to either ITC personnel or emergency responders. However, the local community experienced disruptions, including several shelter-in-place notifications, which prompted local schools and businesses either to close or operate under modified conditions.
• RELEASE DETECTION
• RELEASE ISOLATION
• PROLONGED EMERGENCY RESPONSE
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