Chimney airflow problem cause of apartment fire

Posted at 2:55 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 16:01:47-05

UPDATE: Fire investigators have determined the cause of an apartment complex fire in Lafayette Parish was accidental.

Upon completion of the investigation of the structure fire at Iles Des Cannes apartment complex on Friday, it was determined the fire initiated as a result of insufficient exterior ventilation of fireplace chimney, according to Scott Fire Chief Chad Sonnier.

The investigation is being closed at this time.



22 individuals have been displaced after an early morning fire at Ile Des Cannes Apartments in Lafayette Parish.

The Scott Fire Department says that Lafayette deputies, while patrolling the apartments at around 2:30 am Friday, November 16, 2018, noticed fire coming from the roof of a four-plex in the 100 block of Windward Street. Deputies began alerting and evacuating the occupants of the affected complex.

All civilians were able to safely escape.  Scott Fire Department was dispatched to the incident.  

Officials say heavy fire coming from the windows and roofs of the two center apartments. After several minutes, firefighters were unable to bring the fire under control, causing the roof to collapse, due to the amount of fire located in the structure. 

Addition tankers were also requested to transport water to the scene from the city limits of Scott and after several minutes, the fire was extinguished

The fire is believed to be accidental in nature; however, the combination of the amount of fire and a collapsed roof prohibited investigators from determining an exact cause. 

No firefighters or civilians were injured as a result of the incident.  The structure is a total loss. 

Officials say that 22 people are displaced as a result of the incident.  


Emergency personnel responded to a fire on Friday morning at Ile Des Cannes Apartments in Lafayette.

According to fire officials, the apartment was engulfed in flames when they arrived. No injuries are reported at this time. A family of five were able to escape the apartment after the fire started. They spoke to KATC this morning.

The apartment is being considered a total loss.