Early morning fire in Cameron destroys three shrimp boats

Early morning fire in Cameron destroys three shrimp boats
A shrimping family in Cameron Parish woke up Friday morning to find three of their boats on fire. (KPLC)
A shrimping family in Cameron Parish woke up Friday morning to find three of their boats on fire. (KPLC)

CAMERON, LA (KPLC) - A shrimping family in Cameron Parish woke up Friday morning to find three of their boats on fire.

The fire broke out at about 2 a.m. at the McCall dock in Cameron. The Cameron and Creole fire departments responded and put out the blaze by 5 a.m. Captain Tim Breaux said the fire is believed to be the result of welding that had taken place earlier that day.

"The guys were welding on it yesterday, and apparently when they got done, they didn't completely put it out, and it caught fire," said Breaux. "He (the owner) was about four days from putting it back on the water. He was spending -- he spent like $30,000. It's a tragedy."

Kristi Mock said the boats belonged to her brother-in-law Terry Mock and his wife Janella. Kristi says they'll salvage what they can and start over.

"We just got a call -- the sheriff's department called us -- the boats were on fire. We got down here. We lost three boats: Bossy Paige, the Captain Channing and the Proud Spirit," said Kristi. "Belonged to Terry Mock, Janella Mock and our boat, the Nana's Angels, was next to them which is my husband, Frankie Mock and we're family. It's family. Three boats were burnt down."

A relief fund has been set up for the family at Iberia Bank. To make a donation, contact the bank and tell them you want to donate to the Terry Mock Relief Fund.

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