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Texas chemical plant fire cause still unknown

10 October 2011

The formal Fire Marshal’s investigation into the cause of the fire that last week destroyed Magnablend, Inc.’s Texas Central Plant has begun.

Image courtesy of Associated Press
Image courtesy of Associated Press

Company officials have met with Waxahachie Fire Chief David Hudgins and Fire Marshal Dennis Crecelius and the company is co-operating with the investigation.

Although the investigation has formally begun, the Fire Marshal is still awaiting permission from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality before his team can enter the site to conduct their onsite inspection and analysis.

Efforts to completely extinguish the fire by using foam began on Wednesday 5th and continued into Thursday. Lack of access to the facility in the immediate aftermath of the fire has limited the company’s ability to determine its cause, but CEO Scott Pendery expressed optimism that the cause would be found soon.

“We have great confidence in Chief Hudgins and his team, and we are committed to co-operating fully,” Pendery said. “I am confident that we will be able to determine what happened, and to learn from it and work to prevent anything like this from happening again at any of our facilities.”

Meanwhile, EPA is continuing to monitor air quality and has reported no health concerns relating to the fire. The company’s independent monitoring efforts have produced the same results.

Pendery reiterated his gratitude to the community for its support and to the firefighters and other first responders, and to the company’s employees. He also expressed Magnablend’s commitment to rebuilding in Waxahachie, Texas.

Magnablend, Inc. produces products for use in various industries, primarily agriculture, oil and gas, water treatment, and others.

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