Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean is the digital news editor for New Orleans Public Radio. 
 
Before coming to New Orleans, she was the editor of Denverite, a digital news startup now under the Colorado Public Radio umbrella. Prior to that she was a copy editor and features writer at the Denver Post, and before that, a music reporter for the Colorado Daily. She graduated from Columbia University with a master's degree in journalism and from Northeastern University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

A chemical fire is burning at a facility in Westlake, La., in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.

The BioLab Inc. plant complex makes chlorine for swimming pools. Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality press secretary Greg Langley confirmed the location of the fire for New Orleans Public Radio.

Louisiana State Police confirmed that a hazmat team is responding. The plant is near where the storm made landfall Wednesday night.