Texas petrochemical plant fire sends 5 workers to hospital

A fire burns at a Shell chemical facility in Deer Park, Friday, May 5, 2023 east of Houston. A chemical plant in the Houston area has caught fire, sending a huge plume of smoke into the sky. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said Friday the fire was at a Shell USA Inc. facility in Deer Park, a suburb east of Houston. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

HOUSTON (AP) — Fire erupted at a petrochemical plant in the Houston area Friday, leaving five workers hospitalized and sending up a huge plume of smoke visible for miles.