Early morning fire heavily destroys home

Fire destroys empty house

A west Shreveport home was heavily damaged by an early morning fire Saturday. The fire was reported shortly after 6 a.m. in the 3700 block of Tate Street.

When fire crews arrived on the scene, they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the front door, windows and roof of the vacant house. It took a total of 7 units and 19 firefighters less than 20 minutes to get the fire under control. There were no reported injuries.

According to Shreveport Fire Chief Frederick Sanders, the structure had been vacant for more than four years and all utilities were disconnected.

Fire investigators have not eliminated arson as a possible cause of the fire that damaged more 75 percent of the home.

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