Plant Fire Burning Out

North Carolina officials say a fire at a hazardous waste plant has "gone down significantly" thanks to a steady rain -- and the fact that the plant's contents are burning out.

As many as 17-thousand people who live near the E-Q Industrial
Services plant in the Wake County town of Apex were ordered away from their homes -- and a toxic chemical cloud. Hospitals say more than a dozen people have been treated in emergency rooms, mostly for respiratory complaints.

Apex city officials say no one will be given the all-clear until
hazardous materials teams can get close enough to check air

A series of explosions overnight jumped to petroleum tanks at
another company, shooting flames 150 feet into the air and pumping
up fumes that could be smelled some two miles away.


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