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Shreveport firefighters battle multiple blazes over the weekend

Firefighters responded to 2 commercial fires and a residential fire
Shreveport fire fighters respond to a house fire on the 1100 block of Portland Avenue.
Shreveport fire fighters respond to a house fire on the 1100 block of Portland Avenue.(KSLA)
Published: Dec. 19, 2021 at 12:18 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 19, 2021 at 3:01 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Shreveport firefighters responded to multiple fires over the weekend of Dec. 18-19.

The first took place around 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. Firefighters say the fire was at an abandoned five-story building in the 1600 block of Van Loan Street located between the Linwood bridge and Interstate 49. Firefighters located and extinguished multiple small fires on the first, third and fourth floors.

A squatter was located within the building as firefighters extinguished the fires throughout. The man was removed from the building and sent to a local hospital for a medical and physical evaluation. Forty firefighters were at the scene and eventually put out the fires around midnight.

Around 4:20 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, firefighters were called back out to the abandoned building. Firefighters at the scene reported that the entire fourth floor of the building was ablaze. More than 50 firefighters and multiple fire trucks were rotated throughout the early morning to ensure that the fire was put out. The second fire originated in a different area than the first fire. Shreveport’s police and fire departments are investigating the second fire.

No one was injured in either fire.

Shreveport firefighters responded to a house fire in the 1100 block of Portland Avenue at 9:20...
Shreveport firefighters responded to a house fire in the 1100 block of Portland Avenue at 9:20 a.m. Dec. 19, 2021.(KSLA)

Around 9:20 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, firefighters were dispatched to the scene of a house fire in the 1100 block of Portland Avenue in Shreveport’s Allendale neighborhood. Firefighters arrived to find heavy flames coming out the front of a single-story, wood-frame house. A man managed to escape the fire but did sustain injuries. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Roughly 26 firefighters helped put out the flames. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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