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Long-lived blaze destroys Shreveport condominium building

April 22, 2021 GMT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A fire at a northwest Louisiana condominium complex has destroyed 30 units.

The Shreveport Fire Department tells local news outlets that it took three-and-a-half hours Wednesday to bring the blaze under control at the Fairfield Oaks condominium complex south of downtown.

Firefighters found the fire breaking through the roof of a three-story building and pulled out of fighting the fire inside the structure, instead hosing it down from the outside.

Spokesperson Clarence Reese Jr. said one resident was rescued from a second-floor balcony. No injuries were reported.

After 60 firefighters battled the blaze, the building has been deemed a total loss. The cause of the fire is unknown and is under investigation. Firefighters remained at the building overnight into Thursday to guard against hot spots.

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The American Red Cross is working with residents to make sure they have somewhere to stay.