Air quality not affected after Texas plant fire

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DEER PARK, Texas (AP) -- Authorities and the company whose Houston-area petrochemicals terminal continues to burn say reviews of the air quality around the facility show it is not dangerous to individuals.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said Monday officials continue monitoring air quality levels following the fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) southeast of Houston.

But Hidalgo says the latest air quality information available doesn't show levels beyond a threshold "that would make this dangerous."

ITC spokeswoman Alice Richardson says a report done by an environmental consultant hired by the company shows the air quality was below levels that would represent a health risk.

Fire crews continue to battle the blaze, which began on Sunday. Officials say the fire will burn another two days.