Plastic insulators burn at Bayou L’Ourse

BAYOU L’OURSE, La. — The cause of a fire that burned some plastic insulators at the Tuboscope yard in Bayou L’Ourse on Tuesday was still under investigation as of around 8 a.m. today, according to Bayou L’Ourse Fire Chief Cyrus Ratcliff.

The fire department received the call at 12:51 p.m. Tuesday from Tuboscope in Bayou L’Ourse, and firefighters started fighting the fire to extinguish the plastic insulators using two fire trucks, Ratcliff said.

As soon as firefighters arrived, they stopped it from spreading and contained it to one corner of a fenced-in area and nothing else was damaged, Ratcliff said.

Firefighters did have to shut down La. 662 in front of Tuboscope in Bayou L’Ourse briefly while firefighters set up, but then reopened the highway, Ratcliff said.

No injuries were reported, Ratcliff said.

It took about three hours to put out the fire partly due to a fence between the burning insulators and the firefighters trying to put out the fire, Ratcliff said. “It was very hot,” he said.

The insulators that caught fire were Murphy Oil products being stored at the yard, said Gordon Sanders, Murphy Oil warehouse manager for Bayou L’Ourse.

Ratcliff said “no one was cutting, burning or even around the stack of insulators when it caught on fire.” There was also a spool of pipe that was insulated with a plastic coating nearby, but firefighters were able to prevent the exposure from catching on fire, Ratcliff said.

Ratcliff was going back to the scene this morning to try to determine what may have caused the fire, he said. “Everything is so melted it is going to be hard to really determine exactly … what caused it,” Ratcliff said.

Sanders said, “We had nobody in the area to know what could have caused it.”

Sanders said he is waiting to find out from the fire department what may have caused the fire.

Other than the insulators, no other damage was sustained from the fire, Sanders said.

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