Fire Forces Evac at LA Dow Plant

Monday, April 30, 2018 @ 06:04 PM gHale

There was a fire at the 2000-acre Dow Chemical petrochemical plant in Hahnville, LA, Friday that led the company to evacuate “non-essential” personnel and monitor the air surrounding the site.

“There was a building fire on site this morning and that fire has been extinguished. We are still managing an event on site. There are no reported injuries and out of an abundance of caution, we have evacuated non-essential personnel,” the company said in a Facebook post.

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Some 300 workers ended up evacuating after the fire started in a storage building that housed old equipment not related to petrochemical production, a Dow Chemical spokesperson said.

Dow set up continuous air monitoring equipment around the impacted area following the fire and did not detect a danger to the public.

“We’re pretty confident in saying that everything was contained on site,” Dow spokesperson Ashley Mendoza said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.



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