LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — A fire at a Lafayette apartment complex has forced at least two dozen students from UL Lafayette and SLCC to find new residences, at least temporarily.
It happened around 7:38 p.m. Thursday.
Lafayette firefighters were dispatched to the The Edge Apartments on N. Bertrand Drive and found flames coming from the roof of Building 5.
Fire Department Spokesperson Alton Trahan said as crews arrived a number of firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze while others evacuated the surrounding units. The fire was brought under control within 30 minutes, Trahan said.
He said no one was injured, but at least 12 apartment homes were evacuated, and the tenants displaced. In total, over 30 firefighters were on scene working to extinguish the fire.
“The fire damage was contained to Building 5 which comprised of 12 community-style units with multiple bedrooms in each,” Trahan said. “The units sustained water damage, primarily the third and second floors. The roof and attic area sustained fire damage.”
Trahan said investigators are now working to determine the exact cause.
“Fire officials determined the fire originated in the attic,” Trahan said. “Lightning from a severe weather event has not been ruled out as contributing to the fire.”
The investigation is ongoing.