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Denham Springs, La.

Fire under control outside Baton Rouge

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) - The fire that leveled a southeast Louisiana chemical warehouse is out but evacuees from nearby homes were being kept away while authorities checked hot spots and examined containers of flammable materials that were left intact after the blaze.

State police Sgt. Markus Smith said authorities want to make sure there is no danger of more explosions or fires. Smith said it would likely be Wednesday afternoon before any of the estimated 200 evacuees could begin returning.

About 100 firefighters battled Tuesday afternoon's explosions and fire at the Coco Resources Warehouse in Denham Springs.

State fire marshal Butch Browning says investigators believe it started as chemicals were being processed using an open-flame heat source. 

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