On Sunday April 8,2018 just before 1am, St Mary Parish Fire District 11 was Dispatched to 2510 Hwy 319 at The Las Stop Marina for a Commercial Structure on Fire. Upon arrival of the First District 11 unit at 0117 responders found heavy flames and smoke throughout the building. The building had already self ventilated. Reponders deployed lines in an attempt to control the blaze but was unsuccessful. High winds hender this process. Several propane bottles started to explode and due to limited water and manpower at the time, the Commanding Officer pulled Firefighters back.
Other agencies provided manpower which included Baldwin, Chitimacha, Jeanerette, Grand Marais, and Cypremort Point. St Mary SO provided scene security and Acadian Ambulance provided medical standby. In all 28 Firefighters Responded to the blaze. By 0330 the scene was called undercontrol. At this time Cause and Orgin Investigation has been turned over to the Louisiana State Fire Marshals Office. All units was back in service by 0443. District 11 of St Mary would like to thank everyone whom played a role in extinguishing the blaze. Building was a total lost.
According to Investigators, a sheriff’s deputy was passing by the Las Stop Marina and noticed fire in the building as well as a pickup truck that appeared to have run into a shrimp boat in the parking lot. The deputy discovered one of the owner’s inside the truck and the deputy helped them to safety from the fire.
According to the fire marshal’s office, deputies also learned that both owners of the marina had been in an argument earlier that evening. They also noted that there were several bottles of propane in and around the structure, which was not out of the ordinary for the business. The building was equipped with electricity at the time of the fire. Due to the extent of that damage, at this time, the cause and origin of the fire is undetermined. The investigation is still early in its stages and is still active.
No arrests have been made so far.