Lafayette, LA – At 10:15 p.m. last night, Lafayette firefighters responded to a commercial fire at 106 Sunshine Street. A neighbor reported the fire after seeing smoke coming from the warehouse. As firefighters responded to the scene, heavy smoke filled the area. Flames were coming from the large commercial building as emergency crews arrived on the scene. The incident quickly resulted in a 2nd alarm response with three additional fire apparatus. Several homes and a smaller commercial building were adjacent to the burning structure. Firefighters were able to protect the other properties from the radiant heat. Crews battled the fire for over an hour before getting it under control. The commercial building sustained major fire damage.
Due to the heat and humidity, firefighters throughout the city were rotated on the scene to avoid any heat-related injuries. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.
The commercial building was once utilized as a printing shop. The print business was no longer in operation, but the equipment, along with other items, were stored inside. The owner was using the building to repair items. No one was at the business when the fire started.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.