Firefighters are battling a large fire at a facility that manufactures and recycles plastic products in Grand Prairie just west of Dallas.
The Poly-America facility started burning early this morning. Fire and smoke could be seen from miles away and explosions could be heard coming from the facility.
Officials say the fire could burn for several days. Grand Prairie Assistant Fire Chief Bill Murphy says a big concern is power lines collapsing. Murphy added that officials are almost completely sure that the blaze started at a high-tension power line tower. He says it could've been a result of damage from recent storms. He says the plastic was hit by a line and started the fire. Murphy said some flights at DFW Airport could be affected by the fire. However, nobody has been evacuated.
"The State of Texas is monitoring the industrial fire in Grand Prairie and working closely with local officials and first responders to address safety concerns in the community," said Governor Abbott. "The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Grand Prairie officials are continually checking air quality conditions and the State will provide any necessary resources to the area. I ask Texans in the Grand Prairie community to heed the guidance of local officials and pray for the safety of the first responders combating the fire."
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