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HOUSTON – Two people were killed early Friday morning in an explosion that shook northwest Houston awake.
The blast was reported about 4:20 a.m. at Watson Valve Services near the corner of Gessner and Clay Roads.
Houston fire Chief Sam Peña said at least one person was hospitalized in the blast that resulted in propylene burning for several hours after the explosion. The identities of the dead and injured were not immediately released.
Peña said that firefighters are allowing the remaining fire to burn itself out, but that the fire is contained. Peña said there are no concerns over air quality at this time.
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Houston police Chief Art Acevedo said that there is no evidence that terrorism or an intentional act were involved in the blast, but a multiagency arson investigation has begun.
Peña said firefighters have searched about 190 homes west of the blast site so far. He said some homes have sustained significant damage, noting several of them have been moved off their foundations. Peña said debris from the explosion is being found at least a quarter-mile from the blast site. Both Peña and Acevedo said that residents who find debris in the yards should not touch it and should call 911 so that the evidence can be collected.
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