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The Fire Dept. responds quickly after passerby reports a structure fire



MONROE, LA – On Thursday morning, a neighbor passing by the house on 724 Richwood Dr saw smoke and immediately reported it to the fire crews.

“A passerby stopped nearby Monroe fire station and let them know that they thought that they had a structure fire down the road,” said Dusty Harris, Ouachita Parish Fire Department Investigator.

The Monroe and Ouachita fire departments were able to extinguish the fire safely.

The owner of the home, Kamen Jackson, hopes that the investigation will reveal the cause of the fire.

“Just praying that was an electrical problem. I’m just trying to be strong for my wife and kids, and I ain’t really got no feelings,” said Jackson.

According to Harris, the fire started in the back of the residence.

“Smoke damage and some heat damage on the interior of the house. But it was an enclosed back porch where most of the fire stayed, and before we were able to make a good stop,” said Harris.

The owner is thankful to the neighbor and the fire crews for the quick response and that no one is injured. The community came by to show their support.

“Pretty cool, everybody coming out showing their support, but I guess it will be alright, I guess, I don’t know,” said Jackson.

At the time of the fire, no one was at the house.