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SPD: All-clear given after fire at chemical plant in Sterlington

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Published: Dec. 11, 2019 at 12:32 PM CST
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UPDATE: Sterlington police say the all-clear has been given.

An ANGUS representative told KNOE the fire was extinguished by the plant's fire suppression system before anyone was injured.

The representative said the emergency alert system at the plant was activated and ANGUS notified the Ouachita Parsh Fire Department. He said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the plant is back up and running.

Sterlington Police Chief Barry Bonner said the scare at the plant was reminiscent of the IMC fertilizer plant in 1991.

"Whenever that alarm goes off, it brings back them memories of '91 and they panic, and they have every right to," said Bonner.

He said the 1991 explosion has changed the way the town responds to similar situations.

"Because it did happen, you know it can happen again. So you do take it seriously. And hopefully, it's a false alarm, hopefully it doesn't go to that point, but you act like it is," he said.

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Police say there's been a fire at a chemical plant in Sterlington.

It happened at ANGUS Chemical around noon on Wednesday.

Sterlington PD says the plant had an emergency alarm due to a small fire. The fire department is on the scene working to put out the fire.

They say they "have talked with management and they are confident the situation is under control and will sound the all clear notification as soon as possible."

They advise people to stay in shelter until the all-clear is given.

A recorded message went out to parents of school students after the fire. It said, "Sterlington Middle School was alerted to an incident at ANGUS company today. The authorities have assured us there is no threat, chemical or otherwise. Students are safe at school and classes resumed as scheduled."

***The All Clear has been given*** The Chemical plant in Sterlington had an emergency alarm due to a small fire. I have...

Posted by Sterlington Police Department on Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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