Shelter in place lifted in Westlake, no injuries in Sasol chemical fire

Published: Oct. 15, 2022 at 1:22 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 15, 2022 at 3:16 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Heavy smoke could be seen rising from the Sasol chemical plant in Westlake in the early afternoon hours of October 15.

The fire is extinguished, and no injuries are reported, according to a press release by Sasol.

Sasol is conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

The Calcasieu Parish Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness lifted the shelter in place at 2:51 p.m. for select neighborhoods in Westlake, according to OHSEP COO Jared Mays. The shelter in place was issued as a precautionary measure due to black smoke from the fire.

Some viewers are concerned why sirens were not heard in the area. The CAER sirens were damaged in the 2020 hurricanes, according to Westlake Police.

Kim Cusimano, Senior Manager, Americas Corporate Affairs for Sasol released this statement:

Early this afternoon, Sasol had a fire at its Lake Charles Chemical Complex Ziegler alcohol unit. Our on-site emergency response team responded swiftly, and the fire is contained. Our primary concern is the safety of our employees and the community. All Sasol employees are accounted for with no reported injuries associated with the fire. There were no off-site impacts and no call to action for the nearby community. Sasol notified all appropriate local officials and regulators accordingly. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the incident. The Ziegler alcohol facility manufactures specialty alcohols used in consumer care products as well as other applications.