UPDATE: More than 70 people were displaced from their homes Thursday evening following an apartment fire in Lafayette.
Firefighters battled the large blaze just after 4 p.m. at the Bayou Oaks apartments on Feu Follet Road.
No injuries were reported.
According to the Lafayette Fire Department, a preliminary investigation has determined that roofing contractors were working on the roof prior to noticing the smoke and called 911 to report the fire.
The American Red Cross has announced that trained American Red Cross disaster workers were on scene at Bayou Oaks to provide comfort, care and resources to families while they figure out their next steps.
LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)– Lafayette firefighters are on the scene of a large apartment fire at Bayou Oaks Apartment homes on Feu Follet Road.
According to Spokesperson Alton Trahan, just before 4:00 pm the Lafayette Fire Department received a 911 call stating smoke was coming from the roof of one of the buildings at the complex.
He said first responders arrived on scene within minutes and noticed flames coming from the roof.
A second alarm was immediately requested resulting in 7 fire trucks and 3 aerial ladders, he said.
At least 35 firefighters are on scene working to combat the fire which involved 24 units.
He said the fire is under control at this time and there are no injuries.
The number of occupants affected by the fire is unknown at this time, however the American Red Cross has been contacted to assist with temporary housing, Trahan said.
A preliminary investigation has determined that roofing contractors were working on the roof prior to noticing the smoke and called 911 to report the fire.