Geismar, La — All of the workers have been accounted for and the threat from the fire has been lifted, Governor Jindal said in a press conference shortly before 2:00 p.m.
Officials say all of the 300+ employees who were inside the Williams Olefins Plant in Geismar have been accounted for and 73 people are being treated for injuries. There is one confirmed fatality and the individual’s family is being notified.
We’re told 10 employees remain in the plant as a part of the safety protocol.
“I want to praise the brave first responders who responded to this,” Governor Jindal said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the workers and their families.”
Four mobile crisis centers have been deployed for mental heath related issues. These units were common during the BP oil spill in 2010.
The order to “shelter in place” has been lifted for residents in the area. However, Governor Jindal says some neighboring plants are still maintaining skeleton crews to ensure safety.
Governor Jindal stressed that a full investigation will be conducted at a later date to determine what caused the fire.
DEQ reports that air quality tests show no signs of contamination. The chemicals involved in the blast include ethylene and polymer grade propylene.
Several road closures are still in place.
If you are looking for information about a loved one involved in this fire, please call (866) 380-2303.