UPDATE: Texas plant fire sparked as chemicals were mixed

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 3:34pm

A fire official says a massive blaze at a plant south of Dallas was sparked as workers mixed chemicals.

Fire Chief David Hudgins says he's not sure what chemicals were involved in the fire that broke out before 11 a.m. Monday at a Magnablend, Inc., facility in Waxahachie. No serious injuries were reported.

Hudgins says the fire should be brought under control by late afternoon and that about 1,000 evacuated residents should be allowed to return to their homes.

Nicolas Brescia of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the agency is monitoring air quality around the city and so far has found no reason to enact further precautions.

The blaze shot massive plumes of black smoke into the sky and forced the evacuation of schools and neighborhoods in the area.

A raging fire at a chemical plant south of Dallas is sending black smoke billowing into the sky.

Bright orange flames and massive plumes of smoke can be seen Monday at the Magnablend Chemical Plant in Waxahachie about 30 miles south of Dallas. Authorities have advised area residents and schoolchildren to stay inside and
keep doors and windows shut to avoid any dangerous gases.

Images from WFAA-TV show the fast-moving fire engulfing a fire truck at the scene as firefighters nearby battle the blaze.

Magnablend's website says it is a chemical manufacturing, blending and packaging company. The website says it manufactures ustom chemicals for industries ranging from oil fields to construction and industrial cleaning.

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