PORT NECHES, Texas — Three fires are still burning after a Port Neches plant exploded Wednesday, prompting a mandatory evacuation of 50,000 people across Mid-County on the eve of Thanksgiving.
Six fires were still burning at the plant Friday night, and progress is being made, the City of Nederland said in a Facebook post Saturday morning, Nov. 30.
The fires are contained and "significantly reduced," TPC's response team said in a news release 10:43 a.m. Saturday.
"We are remaining diligent in our efforts to monitor air quality around the facility and downwind community," the release said.
Nederland Volunteer Fire Department is still at the command center of the blast, the post said. Officials are still testing both air and water quality and have not found anything outside of acceptable parameters, the city said.
"The blast at TPC caused a lot of visible damage to homes in the immediate area," The Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management said in a Facebook post. "Check all the fittings on your HVAC system because they may have been shifted."
"If you have any doubts contact a professional to inspect it — especially exhaust fittings."
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Businesses along Port Neches Avenue damaged by the blast reopened for Small Business Saturday.
The Avenue Coffee and Cafe said in a Facebook post the store will be open until 8 p.m. Saturday evening.
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