Fire at Westlake Chemical Plant in Geismar

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Chemical Plant fire

(credit: WBRZ)

GEISMAR, La. (WGNO) – Emergency crews responded to a large fire at the Westlake Chemical plant in Geismar this morning.

Rick Webre, Ascension Parish OHSEP director, told WBRZ it was a “shop fire” in a PVC storage area that did not threaten the rest of the plant. He said there were no initial injuries from the fire.

Thick black smoke emanated from the plant around 11:15 a.m.

Westlake is a manufacturer and supplier of petrochemicals and plastics.