Friday Update: Crews remain on watch at abandoned apartment complex fire

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Chief Patrick Hemphill, with the Ouachita Parish Fire Department, believes the property owner set fire to a pile of logs at the vacant apartment complex.

There are no legal action taken place since the fire started outside of city limits. However, the property owner might face some consequences since the fire spread to nearby woods.

OPFD is still on scene waiting for the fire to let out. Hemphill says the fire is under control.


Friday morning update: Fire crews remain on the scene of an fire at an abandoned apartment complex near the ULM campus and the Monroe regional Airport.

The fire started Thursday afternoon and smoke billowed in the air. At one point, the fire spread to a woods located near the abandoned property, but firefighters were able to put it out.

Crews have the fire contained, but are letting it burn itself out and are watching for hot spots. No one was injured in the fire and the cause has not yet been determined.

Previous Report:

A vacant apartment complex still smoldering tonight in Monroe

At one point it was huge and pouring smoke and flames into the air and it could be seen for miles.
It happened at Blanks Avenue and King Street around 3:00 p.m.

Heavy winds caused the fire to spread to nearby woods, but firefighters were able to contain it.
Officials say no one was inside and no one was hurt.

There is still no word on what started it.
We're told crews are letting it burn itself out.

Original story:
Monroe Police working massive fire of vacant apartment complex on the corner of King St. and Blank Ave.

There are no injuries or fatalities reported. The complex is across from Waterfront Grill off Desiard St.

Tuesday afternoon several agencies responded to a fire around 3:00 p.m. The fire is still active.

We will update as more information becomes available.