Fire at N. Caddo chemical plant under control - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Fire at N. Caddo chemical plant under control

MOORINGSPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A fire at a chemical plant in North Caddo Parish is said to be under control, but firefighters are still working to put out "hot spots."

It happened at the UOP Honeywell Plant in the 8700 block of Mooringsport Rd. near Blanchard.

Honeywell spokesperson Peter Dalpe says employees on the overnight shift spotted the flames near one of the production lines and called the fire department just before 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Caddo Fire District #1 Chief Dan Cotton says it started in a scrubber unit, where one of the 2 ducts that feed the unit caught fire and spread into a tower.

According to the company's website, the UOP is "an international supplier and licensor for the petroleum refining, gas processing, petrochemical production and major manufacturing industries."

Cotton says the Mooringsport plant produces chemicals and catalysts, which are used in speeding up a chemical reaction.

No injuries were reported.

Dalpe says the plant is not currently in production and plant personnel are assessing the damage. Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

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