Officials investigate industrial fire at Louisiana facility

industrial fire

(WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – Officials with the Westlake Chemical plant in Plaquemine confirmed an early morning fire at the facility.

A spokesman with the plant said the fire started in the vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) unit around 4:15 a.m. He said the unit was shut down and the fire was isolated to that unit. He added the fire was put out by 6:25 a.m.

According to plant officials, there were no injuries and there has been no off-site impact.

Officials reported Evergreen Road near the plant was closed to traffic as a precaution.

They added the Iberville Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and Louisiana State Police were contacted around 4:30 a.m.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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