Shreveport firefighters battled a 2-alarm blaze at an iconic building in Shreveport's Highland neighborhood.
The building houses several businesses and tenants.
"We heard the alarms go off and I came out of my apartment and the maintenance man, he came running he said everybody get out."
Firefighters were called to the Mid-City Motor Hotel building at the corner of Line Avenue and Jordan Street shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday. There are now more than 20 units on the scene. Smoke can be seen pouring from upper-floor windows of the 3-story building, which now houses apartments, offices and a couple of cafes on the first floor.
When fire fighters arrived they immediately broke a large window on the 2nd floor.
"That was just to get some of the ventilation of the smoke on that corner. there was a lot of build up of smoke in that one area," said Assistant Fire Chief, Scott Wolverton with SFD.
Because of the emergency response to the fire, the intersection was shut down and traffic was re-routed.
Firefighters on the scene say the fire was brought under control within 30 minutes of their arrival.
As of 5pm Thursday the cause of the fire had still not been determined.
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