Large fire at chemical plant outside Dallas

By the Associated Press | October 3, 2011 | 1:00 PM EDT

WAXAHACHIE, Texas (AP) — Massive plumes of black smoke are billowing from a large fire at a chemical plant south of Dallas.

WFAA-TV reports that the Monday fire at Magnablend Chemical Plant has prompted authorities to tell area residents and students at a nearby elementary school to stay inside to avoid possibly dangerous gases that may be released in the fire.