Historic house catches fire at Sunset

SUNSET, Louisiana (KLFY) – A century-old house ablaze in Sunset around 5 a.m. Wednesday. The state fire marshal’s office was called in to investigate.

The fire was so big it could be seen several streets away. Neighbors saw a large fiery glow that lit up the night sky.

“This is a great loss to our city,” said Sunset Fire Chief Kevin Smith. “This house has been a lot in its life in the city.

Five fire departments, from St. Landry and Lafayette parishes, responded to help Sunset put out the blaze.
This historic Victorian-style house was used as a vacation rental. No one was living there and no one was living there when the fire broke out.

“This is currently under investigation by the state fire marshal,” Smith said. “No foul play is suspected at this time.”

Investigators from the state fire marshal’s office searched the charred structure during the day Wednesday, looking for evidence that would point them in the right direction as to where the fire started and the cause.

Chief Smith says the house was moved from its original location, next to the Bank of Sunset around 1980. It has been used primarily as a residence over the years, but has also held church services at one point. given.

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