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German Pellets Texas set to re-open silo after fire

Just when everything was getting back to normal, people on the south side of Port Arthur say they were disappointed to find out that the wooden pellet silo would be re-opening this summer.

German Pellets Texas says they removed all pellets from the four silos that remain standing in Port Arthur after residents who live across the street say a fire left them wheezing for months.

"Man it was very awful. You were uncomfortable in your homes, my kids couldn't sleep at night," Port Arthur resident Jerell Jones said.

Just when everything was getting back to normal, people on the south side of Port Arthur say they were disappointed to find out that the wooden pellet silo would be re-opening this summer.

Mary Lathan, a local resident, lives right across from where the fire happened.

"I don't think we should ever have to go through another situation like that again," Lathan said.

One of the five silos caught fire last year, and eventually collapsed. A petition filed by residents after the fire shows the companies long history of violations. They were fined for by the U.S. Department of Labor for violations that were worth more than $260,000.

"I could not believe that the port had not done more to investigate, to find out that there had been problems with German Pellets before," Lathan said.

Now this community says they feel forgotten and just want answers to why the plant is being allowed to re-open this summer.

"No one talks to us before they make their decisions, and we're the ones that have to suffer. While we remain here to take the brunt of whatever their decision may have been," Lathan said.