Two plant workers who received burn injuries in Thursday night’s Geismar plant fire will be released from Baton Rouge General’s Burn Center this weekend, officials said.
A failure in the seal of a hydraulic pump caused a fire at the Renewable Energy Group facility on Thursday night that took about an hour to extinguish.
Two men were injured in the fire and were taken to the hospital’s burn center for treatment, with mild to moderate injuries — Ben, 39, and Brandon, 57. The hospital withheld the patients’ full names for privacy reasons.
“We remain positive about their prognosis, and are elated to be sending them home to celebrate the Easter holiday with their families,” Dr. Tracee Short said in a news release.
Ben, who was released Saturday afternoon, told hospital officials he planned to watch LSU’s baseball game on Saturday with his three kids, ages 6, 9 and 19. Brandon, who will be released Sunday, said he looks forward to a family Easter egg hunt on Sunday.
“It’s hard to be anything but happy right now,” Brandon said.
The Occupational and Safety Health Administration has said it will investigate the cause of the blaze.