Rosemary Westwood

Rosemary Westwood is the public and reproductive health reporter for WWNO/WRKF. She was previously a freelance writer specializing in gender and reproductive rights, a radio producer, columnist, magazine writer and podcast host.

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.