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Correction: Petrochemical Fire-Texas story

Mar. 25, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — In a story March 24 about fire damage at a petrochemical storage facility, The Associated Press reported erroneously the day the Texas National Guard was called in. The request for the Guard's 6th civil support team was made Tuesday, not Thursday. A corrected version of the story is below:...

Texas students return to school following petrochemical fire

Mar. 25, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — It could be several more days before a section of the Houston Ship Channel closed amid cleanup efforts after a fire at a petrochemical storage facility is reopened, a U.S. Coast Guard official said Monday. The section of the ship channel near the storage facility owned by Intercontinental...

The Latest: Ship channel could stay closed several more days

Mar. 25, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on fire damage at a petrochemical storage facility that led to a partial closure of the Houston Ship Channel (all times local): 11:30 a.m. A U.S. Coast Guard official says it could be several more days before a section of the Houston Ship Channel closed amid cleanup efforts after...

Fire-damaged post office reopens in Mississippi Delta town

Mar. 25, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

ARCOLA, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi Delta town is celebrating the reopening of its post office after a fire last April. The Delta Democrat-Times reports the Arcola post office, in southern Washington County, reopened earlier this month. The building was damaged in a fire that also destroyed a nightclub and...

Fat Patty's restaurant damaged in fire

Mar. 25, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

HURRICANE, W.Va. (AP) — A fire has damaged parts of Fat Patty's restaurant in Hurricane, West Virginia. The Herald-Dispatch reports that flames could be seen shooting out of the eatery's roof Monday morning. Several Putnam County fire departments responded and crews had to stretch a hose across a highway...

The Latest: Company says damaged gasoline tank stable

Mar. 24, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on fire damage at a petrochemical storage facility that led to a partial closure of the Houston Ship Channel (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Officials say an emergency dike has been repaired and a damaged petrochemical tank stabilized during cleanup of leaking oil products that...

2nd blaze in 2 months destroys 5 buildings in borough

Mar. 24, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

ASHLAND, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say fire has destroyed five buildings, including a business, on the main street of a Pennsylvania borough where an earlier blaze destroyed six buildings last month. Fire crews in Schuylkill County were called to Ashland's main street at about 3:40 a.m. Sunday and found the...

Cleanup of Texas chemical plant hamstrung by new fire, spill

Mar. 22, 2019 10:40 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The efforts to clean up a Texas industrial plant that burned for several days this week were hamstrung Friday by a briefly reignited fire and a breach that led to chemicals spilling into the nearby Houston Ship Channel. The Texas attorney general also filed a lawsuit against Intercontinental...

Police on desk duty pending probe of deadly crash, fire

Mar. 22, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An unspecified number of New Orleans police officers have been placed on desk duty pending investigation into whether they violated the department's restrictions on vehicle pursuits just before a deadly car crash and fire, the department said Friday. A suspected stolen car crashed into a...

Residents fret about chemical plant fire, despite assurances

Mar. 21, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Kristin Crump and her two kids put damp cloths over their mouths on Thursday for the short walk from their suburban Houston front door to their car, defying an order to remain inside because of dangerous fumes coming from burned-out petrochemical tanks a couple of miles away. For the second...