DEER PARK, Texas — The Intercontinental Terminal Co. inadvertently sent a message through an emergency alert system indicating a new flare up at the facility, but it was a false alarm.

At 11:36 a.m., the ITC Deer Park facility sent a message saying a chemical fire had occurred there. 

"At this time, Emergency Vehicles, Odor may be noticeable to the community. We are coordinating with local officials, and working to resolve the issue as soon as possible," the message states. 

"Stay tuned to local officials for more information. Update will be provided on this site, when needed."

But the city of Deer Park tweeted at 2:12 p.m. the message was sent by mistake. 

"It has come to our attention that ITC inadvertently sent a message through the CAER system which has since been corrected," the city of Deer Park tweeted. "To reiterate, there are no new flare-ups or other fire incidents at the ITC site as of Sunday afternoon at 2PM."

Officials at ITC said significant progress was made overnight in the effort to remove chemicals from damaged tanks.

By 2 a.m. Sunday, crews had removed about 13,000 of the estimated 20,000 barrels of Pyrolysis Gas from tank 80-7. Crews are continuing to work to remove the remaining liquid.


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