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Lafayette laundry facility damaged during overnight fire

Posted at 6:21 AM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 07:21:11-04

The Scott Fire Department responded to a on fire Thursday, July 23, at Westport Linen Services in Lafayette Parish.

Firefighters say they responded around 11:01 pm to the facility located at 103 North Ambassador Caffery Parkway and observed smoke coming from the building.

After entering, the fire was located in an area of the facility where linens are dried. The fire was quickly brought under control, they say.

An investigation determined that the fire started when laundered linens placed into a large bin generated enough heat to ignite the contents of the bin. The fire quickly spread to two nearby bins and activated the sprinkler system.

SFD says that the building sustained a small amount of heat and smoke damage as a result of the fire.

Both Westport Linen Services and the nearby Epic Entertainment facility sustained moderate water damage due to sprinkler activation.

No one was injured in the incident which was determined to be accidental in nature.

Firefighters from Carencro, Duson, and Lafayette responded to assist.

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