Firefighters battle blaze in St. Amant

Staff reports
Firefighters work to extinguish a structure fire at 43436 Hwy. 429 in St. Amant at around 2:30 a.m. New Year’s Day. Firefighters battled the flames for nearly an hour before the fire was taken under control.

Fire crews responded to a structure fire at around 2:30 a.m. New Year’s Day at 43436 Hwy. 429 in St. Amant.

Neighbors called 911 to report the building was engulfed in flames, according to St. Amant Fire Chief James LeBlanc.

Flames were coming from all doors, windows and the roof when the first crew arrived, LeBlanc said.

Hose lines were put in place and water began flowing into what appeared to be a pool house, he said.

Area fire departments took a defensive approach to extinguish the fire from the outside, working for about 50 minutes before it was taken under control, the chief said.

There were no firefighter injuries and the homeowner was away during the incident.

The crews were able to protect the detached home and all of its contents.

Eight fire units from St. Amant, Gonzales and Sorrento were on the scene, along with a ground unit from Acadian Ambulance.

Crews remained on the scene for several hours to monitor the debris. The St. Amant Fire Department is working on the cause.

St. Amant responders included: LeBlanc, Shane Pourciau, Robert Burns, Troy Richardson, Jeremy Duhe, Eugene Witek, Dane LeBlanc, Dexter LeBlanc, Christina Duhe, Hardy McKinney, Zack LeBlanc, Jerry Copeland and Amber Duren.