Storm caused huge town house fire

By Jeff Ferrell - bio|email

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - Thursday's storm sparked a huge fire at a Bossier City town home complex.

It all started when a power pole snapped in half along Benton Road north of Interstate-220.  A fire then started at one of the buildings inside the Green Acres Place Town Homes.  That fire destroyed one of the four units in the building.  No one was home at the time.

Fire was not the only obstacle for residents of the dozen other buildings at the town homes complex.  Downed trees and limbs blocked access to other residents, some of whom decided to stay at a hotel for the night rather than wait for access and the power to turn back on.

One such family included Thomas Payne, along with his wife and two children.  They could not even get close enough to their building to see any damage.  "We don't know where we're at.  But the important thing is all of us are here and we're all good.  Things can be replaced if it came down to that."

Bossier City crews re-opened Benton Road north of Interstate-220 shortly before 10pm.  Right across the street, the fierce winds bent the giant Blakey Autoplex sign into a 45-degree angle.  By nightfall, a crew arrived to cut down the sign before it fell on anyone.

And in a next door parking area, what used to be a rooftop found itself wrapped around a pick-up truck.  But somehow, no one was hurt.

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