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(Pearl River, LA) – On Saturday, January 14, 2012 just before 10PM, St Tammany Fire Protection District No. 11 units and personnel were dispatched to the 63000 block of Hwy 11 in Pearl River for a residential structure fire. During initial dispatch, responding units were advised that the structure was heavily involved with fire. Our first unit that arrived on scene advised heavy fire with flames already shooting through the roof.

Apparatus and personnel began to arrive on scene within 3 minutes of the initial dispatch and the initial fire attack was initiated. There was uncertainty on whether or not the home had been occupied but we learned from neighbors that the homeowner was not at home. Firefighters at first set up a defensive attack (essentially fighting the fire from outside) but once it was determined there was no danger of further collapse and the fire was knocked down, personnel were permitted to fight the fire within the structure.

Twenty firefighters from St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 11 fought the fire with support from St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 1 (Slidell) for water as well as man power. The fire was placed under control within one hour of units arriving on the scene. No injuries were reported. Traffic on Hwy 11 during the fire was diverted to support firefighting operations. Once the situation was placed under control, traffic was permitted to flow down the northbound lane alternating directions with support from the Pearl River Police Department.

The cause of the fire is undetermined and the home did not appear to be permanently occupied at the time of the fire.

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