‘Major’ Chemical Fire Burns After Hurricane Laura in Lake Charles, Louisiana; Residents Ordered to Stay Indoors

WESTLAKE, La. — Louisiana State Police Emergency Services Unit (ESU) technicians were working a hazardous material incident involving a chlorine leak originating from the BioLab chemical manufacturing facility in Westlake Thursday. This comes after hurricane Laura slammed the region overnight.

Fire and smoke from the leak could be seen for miles.

I-10 in southwest Louisiana has remained closed overnight due to the effects of Laura and emergency personnel utilizing the interstate system are being diverted off of I-10 around the incident location.

Residents in the area are being advised to shelter in place.

LSP ESU personnel are coordinating with plant managers to contain the leak.

“Residents are advised to shelter in place until further notice and close your doors and windows,” Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said in a tweet. “Follow the directions of local officials.”

Pool and cleaning chemicals are made at the plant.

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