It took 40 firemen about two hours to put out the massive fire. Daylight revealed a mangled mess of metal; bent beams and folded tin under a cloud of smoke. Chemicals from the lab spilled onto the street and into nearby ditches.
Within minutes of the explosion, the plant which makes polymer to separate solids from liquids in the waste water treatment process was covered in flames. Slaughter, LA Fire Chief David Hughes says he has never seen anything quite like it. "Flames extended from every facet of the building," he said.
The lab employs 25 people, but fortunately, no one was on site when the fire began and no one was injured.
through the ditch system and catching our equipment on fire setting our company on fire," said Cade Bubois with Major Industry.
Nearby business workers hurried to the site as soon as they got word.
could be several months before a cause is determined.
The Department of Environmental Quality was on hand to sample the chemicals in the water and supervise the clean up and disposal process.
Cleanup underway after huge chemical plant fire
Fire crews from Zachary and Baton Rouge responded to assist with the fire.
The fire at Monolyte Labs triggered the early wake up and evacuation of many residents on nearby streets.
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Vacuum trucks arrived by mid morning to begin sucking the chemicals from the ditches. Plant workers say the make up of the liquids at the lab is environmentally friendly and should cause no harm.
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