A two-alarm chemical fire took the life of a chemist at a bio-diesel plant near the Harvey Canal Friday night.
According to the Assistant Chief of the Harvey Volunteer Fire Department, the chemist was mixing chemicals in a container at Gold Leaf Energy in the 1200 block of Peters Road when there was a reaction and an explosion.
Two cars were totaled in the blaze, but fire officials were able to quickly bring the fire under control.
No other injuries have been reported, although the victim was working with another man at the time.
Officials did not call any evacuations. Parish President John Young said there was no chemical release from the explosion.
The investigation is being turned over to State Fire Marshal.