Lafayette fire investigators have completed their investigation into the fire that destroyed the large home at 3549 Verot School Road.
On Sunday, January 19, 2014, firefighters from Lafayette, Youngsville, Milton, and Broussard responded to a 911 call concerning a house fire in the 3500 block of Verot School Road. The call was initially reported by the homeowner at 4:00 pm. The caller stated that a motorcycle was on fire in the garage.
The motorcycle was running in the garage at the time. The wife was outside with kids and noticed smoke coming out of the garage.
Lafayette firefighters were the first to arrive on scene. When the first engine company arrived, heavy smoke was coming from the garage of the dwelling. Shortly afterward, the fire penetrated through the roof of the garage and began to propagate to the roof of the dwelling. At such time, firefighters from all other agencies began arriving on scene. Initial attacks were conducted in an attempt to keep the fire from spreading.
Emergency crews made repeated attempts to suppress the fire from the interior of the dwelling, but were forced out due to a lack of water. Other factors, like wind and construction design, also contributed to the fire's quick progression to the attic of the dwelling. Water tankers from Lafayette and Vermillion Parishes were requested to the scene to assist in establishing adequate water supply. The dwelling, three motorcycles, and two vehicles were destroyed by the fire.
Fire investigators examined the heavily destroy dwelling to determine the origin and cause. Officials determined that the fire originated in the garage of the dwelling. After a complete investigation into the fire, the cause of the fire was determined to be accidental.
Witnesses' accounts of the motorcycle were examined, but due to the extent of damage sustained, it could not be ruled out as a cause.