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Lafayette Firefighters Respond to Three Separate Sunday Morning Fires

Dec 17, 2018 08:45AM ● By Press Release

Lafayette, La - 12/16/2018 

Early Sunday morning, Lafayette firefighters responded to the 400 block of South Orange Street to a house fire reported by the occupants. The owners reported a fire in their child’s bedroom. When firefighters arrived, the home was filled with smoke. The fire was contained to the bedroom. The fire was quickly extinguished. The home sustained moderate smoke and fire damage. Everyone escaped the dwelling without any injuries.

Fire investigators determined the occupants were utilizing the oven for heating. A young child lit a wooden item in the stove and brought it in the bedroom. The burning item ignited the bedding material. Fortunately, the child was not injured. Fire officials caution home owners on the safety concerns of using ovens or stove tops for heating.

Shortly after units responded to the first call, another call was received around 3 a.m. for a reported house fire in the 1000 block of E. Alexander Street. Homeowners stated their fire alarm system activated alerting them of a fire in the attic. After investigating, they discovered the small fire and attempted to extinguish it. Firefighters arrived on scene and were able to contain the fire to a small area in the attic. The fire caused minor damage to the dwelling.

An electrical short in wires in the attic are likely the cause of the fire.

At 4:45 a.m. Sunday morning, Lafayette firefighters also responded to a vehicle fire in the 400 block of Ridge Road. The vehicle was burning in the parking lot of Roofing Louisiana. There was no damage to the building. The vehicle was left abandoned in the parking lot. After extinguishing the fire, officials determined the vehicle was reported stolen on Saturday. The vehicle was sustained heavy fire damage.

Fire investigators determined the vehicle was intentionally set on fire. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers (232-TIPS) or the Lafayette Fire Department at 291-8716. 

Source: Alton Trahan LFD Inv./ PIO

File Photo: Parish News

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