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Arrest made in fire at vacant Lafayette bar

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Posted at 6:00 AM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 20:41:50-04

An arrest has been made in connection with a fire at a vacant bar in Lafayette.

Officials with the Lafayette Fire Department say that 30-year-old AL J Edmunds of Lafayette was arrested for setting fire to the building Thursday monring.

Edmunds was booked into Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on a charge of Simple Arson.

The investigation into the incident is on-going. (No photo of Edmunds was immediately available)

Firefighters responded to the call around 3:01 am Thursday, October 24 to an abandoned building at 200 McKinley Street. The department says that when firefighters arrived on scene the building was engulfed in flames.

The blaze was brought under control in about 15 minutes. The building received heavy fire damage.

The building, according to the department, was last known as "Good Ole Boy's Hookah Bar." At the time, witnesses reportedly told firefighters that the abandoned building was not secure and that individuals have been seen entering and possibly living inside.

Utility services were not connected.

Video of the scene sent in by a KATC viewer.