UPDATE: Arson suspect arrested in burning of abandoned McKinley Street bar

Crime Stoppers

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)- UPDATE: A 30-year-old Lafayette man faces one count of simple arson after an abandoned bar was destroyed on McKinley Street early Thursday morning.

The building, formerly named Ole Boy’s Hookah Bar, as engulfed inflamed when firefighters arrived at about 3 a.m. that morning.

The suspect, identified as Al Edmunds, has been booked into Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.

Al Edmunds (Photo: LPSO)

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, authorities said.

ORIGINAL: An early morning fire destroyed a vacant bar on McKinley Street Thursday morning.

According to the Lafayette Fire Department, firefighters responded a commercial fire just after 3 a.m.

When firefighters arrived on scene, the abandoned building was engulfed in flames. Twenty four firefighters battled the blaze for approximately fifteen minutes before getting it under control, LFD spokesman Alton Trahan said.

The building sustained heavy fire damage.

The last known name of the business was the Good Ole Boy’s Hookah Bar. The building did not have any utility services.

Witnesses reported the building was not secured. Individuals were seen entering the abandoned building possibly living inside, Trahan said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire investigators are asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS or the Lafayette Fire Department at 291-8716.

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