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A fire that broke out on Saturday afternoon at Exxon Mobile's Baytown refinery has been contained by emergency personnel.
No damage was reported according to a statement from the company narrator Sarah Nordin. 19659012] The company monitored the air quality, but said they could not yet see any signs of "negative impact."
The wind broke out around noon. 12.30, which affects a unit that the company said treats engine petrol. It sent a thick cloud of dark smoke into the sky, trapped in videos posted to social media.
Exxon and La Porte Office of Emergency Management officials both said there was no need to find shelter-in-place locations.  BREAKING NEWS UPDATES: Getting your Houston news alerts sent to your inbox
"Pollution control still monitors the air south of the factory around La Porte and Clear Lake without reading at this time," Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said.
The smoke had spread over much of the Houston skyline and could be seen from miles away. By 4pm it was no longer visible on the spot.
In his statement, Exxon Mobil stated that the cause of the fire would be investigated.
"We deeply regret any disturbance or inconvenience this incident may have caused society," said the statement.
Other security issues have occurred at the factory at 5000 Bayway Drive in Baytown.
In 2016, a pipeline leakage of a Highly flammable chemical outside the plant evacuations. It happened two months after a light was called due to another release.
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