Fire at chemical plant in Texas
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Chemical fire at US plant in Texas

Schoolchildren and residents were forced take cover indoors to avoid possible exposure to dangerous gases after a fire at a chemical plant in Texas.

Flames and plumes of smoke engulfed a large complex at a Magnablend, Inc., facility in Waxahachie.

Fire Chief David Hudgins said the chemicals involved were ''very flammable'' and ''a big concern''.

The fast-moving blaze overwhelmed a sprinkler system and consumed a fire truck, but no injuries were reported from the fire or resulting smoke.