UPDATE: No cause yet for AFCO plant fire

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UPDATE: The Louisiana State Fire Marshal is still working to determine the cause of Wednesday’s fire at AFCO.

Investigators say they haven’t been able to get on the property because Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and LA State Police want to make sure the chemicals that burned don’t  present any danger.

Five employees were inside the building when the fire started. 

No injuries to any employees or firefighters were reported. 

Two Shreveport firefighters were treated for heat related issues. 

UPDATE: The Shreveport Fire Department remain on the scene of a chemical fire at the AFCO chemical plant.

Five employees were inside the building when the fire started. 

“They always had safety rules and meetings here,” said witness Jerald Amaya. “But, obviously something happened there that was unforseen.” 

SFD decided to let the fire burn itself out due to the chemicals inside maybe negatively reacting to water.

No injuries to any employees or firefighters were reported. 

“Witnesses told us they did hear what appeared to be what sounded like an explosion,” said John Lane, with the Shreveport Fire Department. “We want to assume it’s probably the chemicals inside the facility.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation 

ORIGINAL:

The Shreveport Fire Department is on the scene of a chemical fire in southern Caddo Parish. 

The blaze broke out around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at AFCO in the 7300 block of Julie Frances Dr. near Bert Kouns Industrial Loop.

Employees at nearby businesses had to be evacuated and there have been no reports of injuries at this time.

Caddo Fire Districts 3 and 4 are helping Shreveport firefighters extinguish the fire.

AFCO is a company that makes detergents and soaps.

NBC 6/FOX 33 has a crew on the scene and we will bring you more details as they become available.

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