LA Chemical Plant Fire

Thursday, March 6, 2014 @ 03:03 PM gHale


A chemical plant fire in North Caddo Parish, LA, is now out after it took firefighters a good time to get it under control and then put out the “hot spots.”

The fire occurred at the UOP Honeywell Plant near Blanchard, LA. Employees working the overnight shift spotted the flames near one of the production lines and called the fire department just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, said company spokesperson Peter Dalpe. There were no injuries.

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Caddo Fire District #1 Chief Dan Cotton said the fire started in a scrubber unit, where one of the two ducts that feed the unit caught fire and spread into a tower.

UOP is “an international supplier and licensor for the petroleum refining, gas processing, petrochemical production and major manufacturing industries,” according to the company’s website.

This plant produces chemicals and catalysts used in speeding up a chemical reaction, Cotton said.

Dalpe said the plant is not currently in production and plant personnel are assessing the damage. Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.



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