Chemical fire reported at plant near Lake Charles, part of I-10 closed

Daniella Medina
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

A fire has broken out in the Westlake, Louisiana, area, causing gases and smoke to plume over I-10. 

The Louisiana State Police Emergency Services Unit confirmed the fire involved a chlorine leak at the BioLab plant in Westlake. They are coordinating with plant managers to contain the leak, officials said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, LSP Col. Keven Reeves said. 

LSP said I-10 closed overnight due to Hurricane Laura and traffic is being diverted away from the incident location. 

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said residents are advised to shelter in place until further notice. 

"If you are in the Westlake/Moss Bluff/Sulphur area, shelter in place, close your windows and doors and TURN OFF YOUR AIR CONDITIONING UNITS. There is a chemical fire. Stay inside and wait for additional direction from local officials," Edwards tweeted Thursday. 

KIK Custom Products issued a statement Thursday regarding the fire at the company's BioLab Lake Charles facility.

“KIK Custom Products confirmed that, as a result of damage sustained during Hurricane Laura, there is currently a fire at one plant located at the company's Biolab Lake Charles, LA facility. Our priority is the safety and well-being of the Lake Charles community of which we are a part. We are deploying a specialized team to the site, and we are working with first responders, local authorities, and environmental agencies to contain and mitigate the impact of this incident as quickly as possible. The facility had been evacuated when the hurricane was upgraded to category 4 after following shut-down protocols, and all employees are confirmed to be safe at this time. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.”

The Cajun Navy, a non-profit citizen-led rescue relief team, has shared a video to Facebook warning residents to avoid entering Lake Charles through Sulphur. 

Here is more footage captured of the chemical fire in Lake Charles:

This is a developing story. 

Daniella Medina is a digital producer for the USA TODAY Network. You can reach her at or on Twitter @danimedinanews.