Historic Shreveport building destroyed in overnight fire

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Despite a valiant attempt by Shreveport firefighters, an historic downtown Shreveport building burned to the ground early this morning.

The Shreveport Fire Department was dispatched at 1:02 a.m. today to the 1000 block of Texas Avenue for a reported commercial building fire.

Five minutes later, firefighters arrived at the business, formerly Star Furniture at 1039 Texas Ave., but now owned by a local photographer.

SFD Capt.  Derek Presley of Engine 1 described seeing large amounts smoke covering Texas Avenue as they turned from Common Street, and subsequent responding units noticed black smoke billowing into the night sky from Interstate 49 and Interstate 20.

When the Battalion Chief arrived, a second alarm was called requesting additional units, manpower and resources. Crews had to overcome a collapsed roof, adjoining structures, heavy fire load and even severe weather while maintaining safety.

After fighting the inferno from multiple locations and using various tactics, the fire was placed under control.

It took 21-fire unit and approximately 60 firefighters 53 minutes to extinguish the blaze.

The building, which was being used for storage, has been deemed a total loss.

The two adjoining structures received minor smoke and water damage, despite the intensity of the fire due to firewalls.

After firefighters were rotated through fire rehab no injuries or illnesses were reported.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but under investigation.

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