The Arkema Inc. chemical plant is flooded from Tropical Storm Harvey, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Crosby, Texas. (Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)
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Chemical maker Arkema SA said it expected more fires after two explosions hit its flooded plant 25 miles northeast of Houston Thursday, sickening more than a dozen law enforcement personnel and prompting an evacuation of the surrounding area.Arkema and local officials said they believed the smoke from the blaze was nontoxic, but they urged people to stay away as the fire burns itself out.Shares of Arkema fell 1.9 percent in Paris trading.One of nine containers with the organic peroxides had caught fire, and Rennard said Arkema expected the remaining eight to burn eventually.In a risk management plan filed with the EPA in 2014, Arkema said a worst-case scenario at the plant could threaten people as far as 23 miles away, affecting a population of more than 1 million.Thursday, Arkema said it did not expect the fire to extend beyond the organic peroxide tanks.
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