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Fire engulfs barn on Houston River Road Sunday morning

Published: Oct. 11, 2021 at 10:25 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - The Houston River Fire Department was dispatched around 2:30 a.m. Sunday to a barn swallowed by flames.

Houston River Fire Department responded to the call with assistance from Ward 6 Fire Department, Sulphur Fire Department, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Acadian Ambulance.

“My reaction was we needed to establish water supply quickly and start getting water on this thing as fast as we could. As in the adjacent side of the building, there was some pretty expensive farm machinery in there,” Houston River Fire Department Chief Dean Lappe said.

As Lappe explains, the extra help was needed to contain the flames.

“We’re short-handed - all our volunteers throughout Calcasieu Parish are short-handed,” Lappe said. “This is why we have the auto aid with Ward 6, it’s just basically for their manpower.”

With the fire hydrant stationed over a half-mile away, they ran tankers back and forth to suppress the fire.

“As it comes in, it dropped hose from the road all the way down that long driveway back to where engine one was sitting,” Lappe said. “Then we use - another fire truck comes in and ties into that hose and pumps water down that long driveway into this truck, and then this truck supplies the fire.”

We did speak to the family and they said they are happy that no one was injured and their items can be replaced.

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