A building fire was reported at 10:45 a.m. last Friday at a Belleview Road address and the structure was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived, according to Plaquemine Fire Chief Darren Ramirez. 

“We were on the scene in about three minutes,” he said. “When we got there, we found heavy fire and heavy smoke throughout the building.”

Because the building was old and completely engulfed, firefighters with the Plaquemine Fire Department knew it was too dangerous to try to fight it, Ramirez continued. 

“We made the decision to just try to control the fire and keep it from spreading,” he said, in part with what he called “ground monitors,” that pump massive amounts of water through hoses similar to the ones used on ladder trucks. 

“We put a lot of water on it but I was not willing to put any of my firefighters at risk, knowing there was no one trapped inside,” Ramirez said. 

He said his crew continued to chase hot spots throughout the demolished building for three or four hours, finally leaving the scene around 3 p.m., satisfied the blaze was completely out and there was no chance of it relighting.