At 4:11 a.m., this morning, Lafayette firefighters responded to the 1000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive for a reported garage on fire. A passerby noticed the garage on fire and contacted 911. When firefighters arrived, the fire had spread to two houses, a vehicle, and a large shed. The individual who reported the fire evacuated both residences prior to firefighters responded. The occupants exited the dwelling without any injuries. The owner of the home at 1006 Martin Luther King Drive, 89 year old female, was transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
Firefighters battled the multi-structure blaze for approximate twenty minutes before getting it under control. The garage was completely destroyed by the fire. The house and the vehicle where the fire started sustained heavy fire damage. The shed on the property sustained moderate fire damage. The neighbor’s dwelling sustained moderate fire damage to the attic and one bedroom. The fire displaced residents of both dwellings; a total of 8 individuals. Red Cross was contacted to assist the occupants.
Fire officials determined the fire originated in a tool shed connected to the garage. Once the garage became involved, the fire spread to the two dwellings and another large shed. Fortunately, the person passing by was able to alert everyone as the fire eventually entered through the windows of both houses where individuals were sleeping. The cause of the fire is under investigation.