Luling apartment complex damaged by fire

Fire marshals investigating cause of blaze

Around 1 a.m. today (March 2), the occupants of an apartment complex in Luling escaped a fire that substantially damaged the building.

“On arrival, we noticed heavy smoke with a lot of flame on the backside of the building,” said Craig Petit, chief of the Luling Volunteer Fire Department.

There were no injuries reported from the blaze.

Heaviest fire damage to the two-story complex, at 301 Court St., occurred on the right and lower units with the others damaged by smoke and water. Petit said the fast moving fire was aided by heavy winds.

Petit said the fire started in a first-floor apartment being remodeled.

State Fire Marshal spokesman Brant Thompson said it started in the No. 1 unit, which was unoccupied.

“Indications are the unit had undergone or was still being renovated at the time of the fire,” Thompson said. “The occupants of the No. 2 unit smelled smoke and alerted other tenants.”

Fire marshals were called to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire, which Thompson said is still under investigation.

Some 25 firefighters responded to the call. Volunteer fire departments in Paradis and Hahnville also assisted with extinguishing the fire. Petit said they had the blaze under control within 25 minutes of arriving on the scene.

An American Legion building neighboring the complex received minor damage, Petit said.

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