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Chemical Plant Fire in Louisiana Leads to Evacuations

Fire Successfully Knocked Down

SLAUGHTER, LOUISIANA, FIREFIGHTERS along with other Baton Rouge area departments are mopping up this morning (Monday) after a major fire in a local chemical research facility completely destroyed the building.

Reportedly nobody was at the facility when the fire started.  (WAFB)

The incident involved the Monolyte Laboratory, a biochemical research center that deals with environmentally friendly chemicals.

The fire was discovered shortly before 1:30 am Central and had a full grip on the building when the FD arrived.  Firefighting efforts were directed at containing the fire to the property and evacuating the nearby residents.

WAFB-TV tells us:

As of 5 a.m., officials said the fire was mostly contained, but crews were still working on hotspots. Firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading beyond the plant.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

"The cleanup is going to be a major issue of the facility," Jackson explained. "It was a total loss, totally engulfed and protecting the property around it, the other properties, and I think there's going to be somewhat of an environmental impact. That'll be addressed and I'm sure DEQ will be on that."

Jackson added no one was on site when the fire started and no injuries were reported.

WAFB-TV has some fire footage in this early video report from the scene:

 WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

The State Fire Marshal arrived quickly on the scene.  (WAFB)

Read the full, early report HERE.
Slaughter Fire Department WEBSITE.

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