Transcript for Chemical plant damaged in Harvey on fire
We'll begin with breaking news. Explosions at a flooded chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, and Clayton Sandell is there for us this morning. Good morning, Clayton. Reporter: Good morning, robin. Just in the last two hours there have been at least two explosions at the Arkema chemical plant five miles up the road and is now on fire. One deputy was transported to a hospital after inhaling what they're calling nontoxic fumes. Nine others drove themselves to the hospital to get checked out. Now, this is something the plant's owners predicted would happen because the volatile koepkas they use to make plastics, foam cups and pipes have to be kept cool and that is the problem. Harvey's floods knocked out all electricity and two sources of backup power. I want to show you some video here. Overnight the company released this clip that shows what happens to this type of chemical when it starts to get warm. Basically it spontaneously combusts so that is why everyone here living here within a 1 1/2-mile radius has been evacuated. Others have been told to shelter in place for now. Later the company is expected to have a press conference and hopefully answer some big questions about the impact here. Robin. There are some big questions that need to be answered. Thank goodness they got the %
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