Shreveport, LA (KMSS) — The Shreveport Fire Department was dispatched at 9:07 PM Wednesday night t for a reported building on fire in the 5000 block of Hearne Avenue. Fire Crews from Fire Station #8 arrived first on scene at 9:10 PM to find a vacant business with fire and smoke coming from the rear of the building. They made a quick entry and extinguished the fire inside the room of origin keeping it from extending and causing more fire damage. The fire was placed under control at 9:20 PM.
The business is vacant and did not have utilities connected to it. There were no injuries reported from the fire. A citizen on scene reported to the Shreveport Police Department that they saw some people running away from the back of the building. That information was passed on to the Shreveport Fire Investigator and the cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time.
If Fire Station 8 sounds familiar, it's because 3 of the station's staff were recently arrested on charges of cruelty and principle to prostitution.
Earlier in the week, Fire Chief Craig Mulford, called a meeting to reassure the public that the possible criminal activities were just a few individuals at station 8, and for the rest of the station, and the entire department, public safety remains their main priority.