DISASTER

Fire destroys Foundry Street home in Old Turnerville but no one injured

TOMMY COMEAUX tcomeaux@postsouth.com

Early Friday morning, the Plaquemine Fire Department received an alarm reporting a fire in progress on Foundry Street in Old Turnerville. The fire destroyed the old wooden home, but injured no one, Fire Chief Darren Ramirez said.

“We have a station in the area and we had a man there within three minutes of the call and started putting water on it,” he said, adding the home’s occupant, an elderly man, escaped before the fire enveloped the house.

“When we arrived, the man’s house was fully engulfed and the houses next door were fixing to catch fire,” Ramirez said, adding the houses in that area are only about eight to 10 feet apart.

“Once my crews found out that all of the people were out of the main home that was on fire, we mostly concentrated on covering those two adjacent houses with water to keep them from going up as well.”

Little time was wasted by firefighters on the house where the fire originated, he continued.

“We definitely knew it was a total loss,” Ramirez said. “There was fire coming out of every orifice in the residence so we knew it couldn’t be saved.”

“I’m glad that there wasn’t any life lost or injuries,” either to the occupant of the home destroyed by the fire or to firefighters on the scene, he continued.

“Everybody from the Fire Department and the Police Department assisted us in evacuating all of the residents around to make sure all of the houses were empty,” Ramirez said, continuing by saying that two firetrucks were called in response.

When it became a two-alarm fire after another call came in, the fire chief said the West Baton Rouge Fire Department was called in to help. The two departments have a mutual aid agreement as does the Plaquemine Fire Department with the rural volunteer fire departments in the parish.

“We work with the neighboring departments,” Ramirez said. “When West Baton Rouge calls us we go it and it goes the other way around.”