Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 10/04/2011

Waxahachie firefighters to let massive blaze burn itself out

Firefighters have decided to let a massive, roaring fire that raged Monday morning at a chemical plant in Waxahachie, Tex. burn itself out, NBC Dallas Fort-Worth reported Tuesday.

Giant plumes of smoke rise from the Magnablend chemical processing plant Monday. (Lara Solt - AP)
The fire broke out at a Magnablend chemical plant with more than 80,000 gallons of bulk liquid storage, and spread toward a nearby field and train, and engulfed a fire truck.

The fire is now 80 percent contained, and those people evacuated in the area should be able to return home by 5 p.m.

Officials say they do not know how the fire started, but are launching an investigation to find out.

The Environmental Protection Agency said initial air quality tests show “nothing significant” and said there is no immediate threat to the public.

Photos of the fire:

Waxahachie firefighters battle a massive the fire Monday. (Tom Pennington - GETTY IMAGES)

The remains of a charred fire truck, bottom left, are sprayed with water. (Lara Solt - AP)

A plume of smoke rising from the Magnablend chemical processing plant is seen from afar. (Lara Solt - AP)

A chemical plant burns near Waxahachie. (LM Otero - AP)

Firefighters walk as a chemical plant burns. (LM Otero - AP)

A helicopter circles overhead as the chemical plant burns. (LM Otero - AP)

A side view shows flames engulfing the chemical plant. (LM Otero - AP)

A giant plume of smoke can be seen from the highway as it rises from the Magnablend chemical processing plant. (LARA SOLT - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

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