Massive fire breaks out at Louisiana chemical plant after Hurricane Laura

A massive fire has broken out at a chemical facility outside of Lake Charles, Louisiana after Hurricane Laura battered the area last night.

BioLab, a household chemical product manufacturer in Westlake, Louisiana and owned by Canadian company KIKCorp., caught fire after the storm according to multiple companies in the area, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Louisiana Gov. John Edwards issued a shelter-in-place order for residents of the Westlake-Moss Bluff-Sulphur area.

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A HAM radio operator told the National Weather Service that part of I-10 is closed due to a massive chlorine leak in the area, the Lafayette Daily Advertiser reports.

Huge clouds of smoke can be seen coming from the plant.

WDSU reports that state police, hazmat and emergency officials are at the scene.

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