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Large fire erupts at Houston chemical plant, Hurricane Harvey death toll reaches 50

Staff Writer | September 2, 2017
A Houston-area chemical plant that lost power due to Hurricane Harvey erupted in flames and a large cloud of smoke Friday evening, local authorities said.
Arkema chemical plant fire
Weather   The Arkema chemical plant
The Arkema chemical plant - located in Crosby, Texas, just east of Houston - first let off a series of chemical explosions early Thursday morning, sparking flames and a 40-foot plume of smoke - prompting Harris County Fire Marshal's Office to order the evacuation hundreds of residents within 1.5 miles of the facility.

Other small fires and explosions continued Thursday and early Friday. Later Friday, though, visible flames and a large, dark plume of smoke could be seen coming from the site.

Texas officials now say at least 50 people are confirmed deceased or feared dead following destructive flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

Most of the deceased have been in Harris County, where officials confirmed 28 deaths so far, the Houston Chronicle reported. President Donald Trump is visiting Houston and Lake Charles, La., on Saturday and plans to meet with families displaced by the extreme flooding.