PortandTerminal.com, August 27, 2020
Fire has broken out in a chlorine plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana – an area badly hit by Hurricane Laura | The governor advised residents to shelter in place until further notice and close their doors and windows.
LAKE CHARLES, LA – Emergency crews are on site of a massive fire at the Bio-Lab Chemical Plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
The business manufactures chlorine-based products for home cleaning and swimming pools, according to its website.
According to officials, at some point, last night as Hurricane Laura was hitting the region an undetermined amount of chlorine product began to leak at the plant. A small crew from Bio-lab made several unsuccessful attempts to extinguish the fire that ignited as the leaking chemical reacted.
Local emergency officials were contacted by Bio-Lap this morning at approximately 10:00 am local time. Officials confirm that chlorine gas has been released into the atmosphere.
The area where the plant was located was hit-hard by Hurricane causing a chlorine leak at the plant, according to The Associated Press. The Louisiana State Police are currently responding to the ongoing situation.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards on Thursday asked residents in three southwestern communities to stay indoors with windows and doors shut until the situation is brought under control.
“Unfortunately, despite the heat that they’re experiencing, shelter in home under those circumstances means they need to be on the inside of their home with their doors and windows closed and the air conditioning off if they’re lucky enough to have electricity,” Edwards said. Highs temperatures today at Lake Charles are forecast to be 90 degrees.
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