Experts: Smoke from Waxahachie fire may be threat, despite early discounting of toxic risk

Dallas Morning News Texas Tech University toxicologist Ronald J. Kendall agreed that more sources than the chemicals reportedly at the plant were involved in the fire. He said the smoke appeared to come from a burning petroleum substance and warned that such fires create highly toxic polyaromatic hydrocarbons.

Early results from air monitoring around Monday’s chemical plant fire in Waxahachie showed no elevated levels of toxic chemicals in the thick, black smoke, the Environmental Protection Agency said.

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Texas Tech University toxicologist Ronald J. Kendall agreed that more sources than the chemicals reportedly at the plant were involved in the fire.

He said the smoke appeared to come from a burning petroleum substance and warned that such fires create highly toxic polyaromatic hydrocarbons.

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