Louisiana News

Monday, June 5, 2023

Firefighters battle 5 fires across Jefferson and Orleans parishes within 48 hours

VIDEO: A house in Metairie which caught fire on Sunday, rekindled early Monday morning forcing firefighters to return to extinguish the remaining smolder. The home in the 600 block of Lake Avenue, caught fire Sunday evening and Jefferson Parish firefighters arrived on the scene to battle the blaze. The homeowner, who lived in the Old Metairie home since 1972, says his wife heard the fire crackling. “I was watching TV, and we kept hearing loud popping noises. And when my wife went to look at the back she said it was on fire. It all started in the corner and went straight up into the tree and then came over to the back of the house,” the homeowner tells Eyewitness News’ Meg Farris who was on the scene of the fire. Fire crews got the fire under control and eventually extinguished it. No one was injured in the fire.
WWL-TV CBS 4 New Orleans

Calcasieu Parish refinery tank catches on fire after lightning strike

PHOTO: An evacuation order was lifted early Sunday for residents near a southwest Louisiana refining company where lightning is believed to have sparked a fire at a chemical storage tank. The fire at Calcasieu Refining in Lake Charles was reported Saturday afternoon as a storm moved through. Louisiana State Police said it was extinguished early Sunday. State police said the tank contained the volatile chemical naptha, which is distilled from petroleum and is used in a variety of products. No injuries were reported. An evacuation was ordered for people within 1.5 miles of the facility. Multiple fire brigades fought the fire, which was put out around 4 a.m. The evacuation order was lifted at 6 a.m. “Crews will remain on site for the next several days to monitor the damaged tank and product to ensure the safety of the public,” Trooper Derek Senegal with Louisiana State Police said in an email.
WBRZ-TV ABC 2 Baton Rouge

Friday, June 2, 2023

Fire contained at Port of Lake Charles

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Black smoke could be seen across the sky Thursday afternoon after a fire broke out at the Port of Lake Charles. The fire was worked by the Lake Charles Fire Department at the city docks near Contraband Bayou, port officials said. The fire started at city docks in an area leased to Ace Marine, according to Port Director Ricky Self. There are no reported injuries, Self said. The fire was reported at 3 p.m. LCFD, along with LCPD, CPSO and Port Police arrived on scene quickly, and the fire is now contained, Self said. It took firefighters around three hours to fully extinguish it. Self said there were no chemicals released in the fire and no danger to the public.
KPLC-TV NBC/CW+ 7 Lake Charles

4 vehicles discovered on fire behind building in Shreveport

A fire consumed four vehicles in the Agurs neighborhood of Shreveport. On June 2, at 4 a.m., the Shreveport Fire Department responded to a report of a fire emergency in the 120 block of Island Street, near Airport Drive and Thatcher Street. When firefighters arrived they discovered four vehicles on fire behind a building that appears to be some type of car garage or repair shop. SFD brought the fire under control in about 10 minutes. 11 units were reportedly on the scene, and a total of 44 firefighters fought the flames.
KSLA-TV CBS 12 Shreveport

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