BR General burn unit caring for plant workers
BATON ROUGE - Administrators with Baton Rouge General's burn unit said two workers are in fair condition after they were burned in a plant fire at a Geismar chemical facility last night.
Hospital spokesperson Nicole Kleinpeter said the burned workers were first taken to an emergency room near the plant, then later moved to the burn unit at Baton Rouge General.
"At this time, our Regional Burn Center team located on the Mid City campus is focused on doing everything they can for our patients," Kleinpeter said.
Opened in 1970, Kleinpeter said their burn unit is one of only 125 specialized burn centers in the U.S. Baton Rouge General closed its emergency room earlier this week because of funding problems.
Louisiana State Police said the fire at the Renewable Energy Facility near the intersection of Highway 73 and Highway 30 broke out around 6:30 p.m. Investigators said they believe a seal broke on a valve, igniting the fire.
Department of Environmental Quality inspectors were at the site monitoring air levels during the fire, but no evacuations were ordered.