Yesterday, Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at approximately 12:25 PM, St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 11 responded to the report of a residential structure fire on Gauley Dr. off McQueen Rd. in Pearl River. The first unit arrived on scene and reported that there was a fire on the porch.
The fire was quickly extinguished by fire service personnel and the remainder of the residence was checked to ensure that there was no hidden fire. The residence did have some smoke inside which was cleared out with a ventilation fan, but the fire damage was isolated to the porch and the exterior wall.
The fire was placed under control within 30 minutes of personnel arriving on scene. The fire was discovered by and reported by a vigilant 16-year-old who was in a near by apartment. Certainly, without him being attentive to his surroundings and reporting the fire, the damage could have been far worse. No one was at home of the fire and there were no injuries.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.