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Six families displaced after Lafayette apartment fire

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Six families displaced after Lafayette apartment fire Six families displaced after Lafayette apartment fire
Courtesy: Kirstin and Eric Arnaud Courtesy: Kirstin and Eric Arnaud
Courtesy: Michelle Boudreaux Courtesy: Michelle Boudreaux
LAFAYETTE, La. -

Six families are displaced after an early morning fire tore through their apartment building in Lafayette. 

At 2:09 a.m. this morning, firefighters from Lafayette, Judice, Scott, and Milton responded to the 100 block of Southfield Parkway in reference to a reported apartment building fire. 

When initial responding crews arrived on scene, the exterior of an apartment was engulfed in flames. All occupants of the apartment and neighboring apartments were outside in a safe area, according to a spokesman with the Lafayette Fire Department. No injuries were reported. 

Fire investigators say firefighters battled the blaze for 40 minutes before getting it under control. The spokesman says at least four apartments sustained some extent of fire, water, and smoke damage. An additional two apartments were displaced due to the electricity being disconnected as a precaution of fire damage. American Red Cross was contacted to assist the six families displaced. 

Fire investigators determined that the fire originated on the patio of an apartment. The fire progressed up the exterior wall and into the attic. The occupants of apartment  were outside on the patio for about 15 minutes before they began hearing crackling sounds outside, according to the report. As they investigated the noise, they noticed heavy flames in the patio area. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 
 

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