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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
Crestworth Elementary, Crestworth Learning Academy and J.K. Haynes
Elementary Charter School in Baton Rouge closed early Friday due to a
strong chemical smell in the Scotlandville area.
A strong gas or
chemical smell in the area has been around since Thursday, but residents
say the smell seems to be getting stronger. There is no word on what
chemical is causing the smell or where it is from.
The Senior Citizens Center at Greater King David on Elmer Avenue was also evacuated.
DEQ is sending in large mobile monitoring equipment to check
the Scotlandville neighborhood this weekend.
The Baton Rouge
Fire Department said the choice to close the schools was made by
school officials. Fire officials said at this time they see no reason
to evacuate residents in the area.
More information will be released as it becomes available.