Even though progress is being made and officials say there is no public threat, residents living near the fire are skepitcal.
“The fire gets bigger, then it comes back down,” says one of Deer Park's residents, hopelessly watching as the smoke comes close to their home, and cleaning up the debris it’s dropping. “Pieces lying in my driveway—all over my vehicle.”
ITC officials say only six of their tanks are still on fire, down from seven earlier today.
All the tanks contain components of gasoline, including xylene and NAPHTHA. The one tank that was extinguished was an empty tank, but ITC officials tell us there has been significant progress on three of the tanks that do contain “chemical and gas components.”
Officials say it may be Wednesday before the flames go out, and that the air quality tests are not detecting anything that should concern residents, but try telling that to the people of Deer Park.
Nicodemus Auguste tells FOX 26, “I don’t believe it at all. This has got to be bad, I mean it’s thinner burning! So, yeah it’s very concerning.”
“I was concerned, because they said it’s all chemicals and everything. So the air is polluted you know. People living around in the area, it’s not for our health, and everything right so,” said Albin Thomas.
Deer Park ISD and La Porte ISD say they will resume classes on Tuesday.