The old Gould Battery Plant in west Shreveport went up in flames Tuesday afternoon. Shreveport firefighters were the first on scene in the 6600 block of Westport Avenue. Assistant Fire Chief Fred Sanders, Shreveport Fire Department, told us that flames were about 20 feet above the building and heavy black smoke was coming from the building when they arrived.
The black smoke poured out of the building as nearly a hundred firefighters fought to get it under control. Sanders told us that they contacted the previous owner of the building, which had been closed since July 2007. "(The previous owner) assured us that all assets had been removed from the building."
Authorities tell us that the heavy black smoke came from roofing materials of the building. The Department of Environment Quality had to test the air in the area to make sure that it was not dangerous. Sanders told us that they found no toxins in the air from the fire.
No injuries were reported. Fire officials will continue to investigate the cause of this fire.