The fire occurred around 5:30 p.m. on April 7 in the 600 block of Carl C. Foulcard Drive in Franklin, according to CVFD.
According to the Franklin Fire Department, “adjacent structures were saved, no injuries to civilians were reported, and all first responders went home safely to their families.”
Responding crews included CVFD, Franklin Fire Department, Morgan City Fire Department, Baldwin Volunteer Fire Department, Patterson Volunteer Fire Department, and Acadian Ambulance.
“It’s very historic landmark for a great deal of people in this community, so we’re very heartbroken,” said Mayor Eugene Foulcard.
Joe’s Lounge owner Don Foulcard has set up a GoFundMe page to help with repairs.
“We feel duty bound to ourselves, our family, our community, the very people of this town whose streets we’ve roamed our entire lives to resurrect this bastion,” the page reads. “The tapestry must continue. However,we cannot go it alone. We need the community now more than ever to help build it back stronger and better.”