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Firefighters kept a stream of water on one of the burning storage bins to keep it cool during the 2017 blaze.

The Texas Commission for Environmental Quality has levied a $12,000.00 fine against German Pellets Company after a 2017 fire that lasted for several months in a storage bin in Port Arthur.

The company makes the pellets at a facility in Woodville, and they are then trucked to Port Arthur where they are stored until distribution.

Some residents of Port Arthur complained that the smoke from the fire caused them health problems, such as difficulty breathing, dizziness, coughing and other issues.

Meanwhile, John Beard, who is chairman of the Pleasure Island Commission, told our news partner KFDM 6 News that the fine is not enough and he decried it as “merely a slap on the wrist”.

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