Fire in St. Francis Village
CROWLEY — Firefighters found a duplex engulfed in flames Wednesday morning as they responded to a call of a possible explosion in a retirement community in Crowley.
Authorities were first alerted to the blaze at about 8 a.m.
According to City Manager Robert Loftin, the fire spread to both sides of the duplex at the St. Francis Village, in the 100 block of St. Clare Dr. near Benbrook Lake.
The duplex and two vehicles were destroyed in the fire.
Kimi Lamoureux said her father told her he heard a popping noise as he opened the front door.
"There was a wall of fire," she said. "So, he quickly grabbed my mom and they got out the back door. We're just praising and thanking God that they're safe."
Residence reported a number of explosive sounds. Firefighters said several propane tanks and tires on the vehicles blew up during the blaze, which may have been the source of the noise.
Crews at the scene reported electrical lines on the ground. Loftin said all residents were accounted for and safe.
There have been no reports of injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Investigators at the scene said an initial probe led them to believe the fire may have started in a carport, which is located near the front door where Lamoureux's father said he saw the flames.
According to the St. Francis Village website, the retirement community is on 250 acres and offers affordable housing for people 62 and over.