Plant shut down for repairs after fire
GEISMAR - Officials with Renewable Energy Group said Friday that their Geismar plant will stay shut down until repairs and an investigation into last night's fire are completed.
The fire at the REG biorefinery on Highway 30 broke out after 6 p.m. Thursday when Louisiana State Police said a seal broke. REG said the fire was brought under control within a few hours, and completely extinguished around 11 p.m.
Two workers were burned in the fire and are in fair condition at Baton Rouge General's burn unit, according to the hospital.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and their families for a speedy recovery," said Anthony Hulen, executive director of corporate affairs for REG.
Hulen said assessments of the damage done to the facility and an investigation into its cause have already started. The biorefinery produces a number of chemicals including diesel, and is one of 10 biorefineries operated by REG across the U.S.
Louisiana State Police said there was no public impact from the fire, and no evacuations were ordered.