Fire at chlorine plant near Lake Charles under control

Fire reported at chemical plant in Southwest Louisiana following Hurricane Laura
Fire reported at chemical plant in Southwest Louisiana following Hurricane Laura

WESTLAKE, La. – A fire and chemical leak at a chlorine plant near Lake Charles, Louisiana, is under control Friday after catching fire in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.

According to KPLC-TV, the plant is located in the town of Westlake. Precautionary shelter-in-place orders are still in effect for Sulphur, Westlake and Moss Bluff.

Video from Sky 2 showed smoke coming from the BioLab plant near Interstate 10.

Fire in Lake Charles
Fire in Lake Charles

Smoke from the fire was billowing across the interstate and drivers were being diverted around the scene of the fire, according to KPLC-TV.

KPLC-TV reported that crews were spraying water on the area of the chlorine leak in order to dilute the chemical.

Statement from the company

The company that operates the plant issued the following statement, saying that all employees were safe and that a specialized team is headed to the scene:


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