LaFayette, LA – Two people have been critically injured and ten others hospitalized after a fire broke out at the Buy A Truck Plant in LaFayette.
Fire Department officials said the fire is contained. An excavator was brought in to take down part of a wall in the back to make sure hot spots of the fire are out.
The Buy A Truck Plant makes foam mats and distributes hardwood or hardwood composite.
The building was evacuated, and multiple agencies were called in to help. The Environmental Protection Division also responded to look into air quality and contaminated water concerns.
The business works with foam, latex, and plastic materials, which are all very flammable. It posed a challenge when putting out the flames.
According to officials, when firefighters are dealing with a stack of plastic, the water does not hit the flame, so the firefighters must spread the plastic out to get to the flames. County officials say the most important element they are battling is the environmental impact this massive fire is having on the area.
Officials are still trying to figure out what started the fire. The state fire marshal has been called in to investigate.