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Fire under control at Biolab facility in Lake Charles

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Posted at 3:59 PM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 16:59:41-04

The fire at the Biolab chemical manufacturing facility in Lake Charles has been brought under control, a spokesperson for KIK Custom Products announced on Friday, August 28.

Residents within a 1 mile radius of the site were told to shelter in place due to a chlorine leak caused by the fire on Thursday, August 27.

The I-10 bridge was also closed as emergency response teams monitored the area. The roadway reopened on Friday, I-10 East and West in Southwest Louisiana has reopened

The company said on Thursday that the fire occurred as a result of damage sustained during Hurricane Laura which made landfall in Cameron Parish as a Category 4 storm before pushing northward into Lake Charles.

See video of the fire, here

The site remains secure and the company says a specialized team of emergency response experts and employees are on-the-ground in the area.

See the full comment from the company spokesperson below:

"KIK Custom Products can now confirm the fire at the plant at our Biolab Lake Charles, LA facility has been brought under control. The site remains secured, and our specialized team comprising industry-leading emergency response experts and our employees remains on-the-ground to support efforts to promote the safety and well-being of the Lake Charles community. We are enormously grateful to the state police and other first responders, as well as local authorities - including Louisiana State Police Emergency Resource Team, Lake Charles Fire Department, and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality - for their collaboration and thank them for their heroic efforts. We are actively engaged in helping the broader community recover from the impacts of Hurricane Laura."

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