Hazmat teams are responding to a chemical fire that erupted along the I-10, west of Lake Charles, La, Thursday morning.
The fire is reported to have broken out at BioLabs, a company that manufactures chlorine for swimming pools.
Louisiana Governor, John Bel Edwards tweeted: ” Residents are advised to shelter in place until further notice and close your doors and windows. “
According to KHOU-11, social media photos and videos showed a large plume of black smoke rising from the area just hours after Hurricane Laura ripped through the region. It’s unknown if the fire was caused by the storm.
According to NPR, the state also pushed out an emergency text notice. It wasn’t immediately clear how much damage the fire is causing within the plant or what hazards it presents to local residents.
Louisiana State Police said Interstate 10, a major thoroughfare running along southern Louisiana, was shut down in preparation for Hurricane Laura, and remains closed.