"Safety Board: Several Issues Contributed to Massive Fire at BioLab"

"Lake Charles, LA - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board found five safety issues that contributed to the massive fire at BioLab during Hurricane Laura in 2020.

The Safety Board released its final investigative report Monday into the fire and toxic gas release on Aug. 27, 2020.

The fire started when portions of a roof were torn off a building, allowing rainwater to come into contact with trichloroisocyanuric acid (TCCA), initiating a chemical reaction and subsequent decomposition, according to the Safety Board.

The Safety Board’s report said when TCCA is put in large bodies of water such as a pool, it breaks down slowly, releasing chlorine in the water."

Johnathan Manning reports for KPLC April 24, 2023.

Source: KPLC, 04/25/2023