Fire, chemical release at Belle Chasse plant
BELLE CHASSE, La. - Plaquemines Parish authorities say a chemical fire and chemical release has occurred at the Sun Drilling plant near Main and G Streets in Belle Chasse.
Parish spokesman Terry Rutherford says the incident has sparked the evacuation of several government buildings in the area, including the district attorney's office, the sheriff's office and the council building.
Parts of Highway 23 also have been closed and the Belle Chasse Ferry is closed.
Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said that Belle Chasse High School students have left the area but those in the primary school are being sheltered in place until it's safe to move them.
Nungesser also asked residents near the plant to turn off their air conditioners to avoid inhaling smoke, which may contain benzene, and is blanketing the area.