Community on edge as responders struggle with fallout from chemical fire

Outside of Houston, there are growing environmental concerns about water, foam and debris from the fire containment efforts entering into nearby waterways.
1:34 | 03/21/19

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here on those tanks near Houston that went up in flames. Tonight, the new scare after that massive chemical plant fire. Those tanks exploding in deer park, Texas, and today, a new shelter in place alert. It was up for a time, amid fears over benzene and other pollutants. So, is the air safe? ABC's Alex Perez in Texas tonight. Reporter: Tonight, a Texas community on edge as responders struggle with the fallout from a chemical fire that burned for days. We will make this right. We will fix it and we will make it right. Reporter: Area residents this morning told to seek immediate shelter, turn off their air conditioning, even block off cracks in their doors after air quality testing conducted with the help of the National Guard revealed elevated levels of the potential cancer-causing substance, benzene. The toxic chemical released into the air during the containment effort. Officials earlier assuring residents the billowing smoke had not affected the air, despite falling debris. They look almost like a lump of charcoal. Reporter: And tonight, the shelter in place warnings now lifted, after air quality improved. But growing environmental concerns about water, foam and debris from the containment efforts entering nearby water whats. And David, officials here say they will continue to spray that special foam on the burned area to keep those chemicals contained. Environmental groups also now here testing both the air and the water. David? All right, Alex Perez live in Texas. We will stay on this.

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