Posted: Mar 30, 2010 2:49 PM by Anna Brown, Brian Waldrep, Brett Troxler
Updated: Mar 30, 2010 6:36 PM
Source: WBRZ, LPSO
Update: The Livingston Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness says a four block area around the massive fire in Denham Springs has been evacuated.
The fire is believed to have started at Coco Resources Warehouse on Eden Church Road.
News 2 has been told it is a chemical storage site. The fire then spread to ITT Pro Services, which is located in front of the warehouse. ITT manager Howard Wright said they have evacuated their building.
Livingston Parish OEP says the four block area from the fire's origin has been evacuated. A total of 11 departments in the parish have responded to the call.
The smoke can been seen from downtown Baton Rouge. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning and OEP Director Mark Benton are on site. The Baton Rouge Fire Department is sending two pumping trucks, a ladder truck, and HAZMAT unit to assist with the fire.
Locals have called News 2 and said street traffic is bumper-to-bumper and Eden Church Road has been blocked off from Highway 190. Louisiana State Police say parents are being allowed to evacuate their children from a local day care center near the fire.
A temporary shelter has been set up at Eastside Elementary on Lockhardt Road for residents until they are allowed to go back to their homes.
As of now, no injuries have been reported. We will update when new information as it becomes available.
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