BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A North Baton Rouge seafood restaurant was on fire this morning and an investigation is underway to determine the cause.
Scotlandville restaurant, “Straight Outta Scotland” is left in pieces after a fire broke out around 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday.
Two duplexes nearby were also impacted by the fire. One man was sent to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
“It’s gone, I mean I can’t really describe the feeling,” said Deidre Brown, Owner of Straight Outta Scotland Seafood Restaurant.
Brown’s business has been there for nearly three years.
“It’s surreal, I mean I’m looking at it. I see it, but I don’t think it’s actually set in yet,” said Brown.
Brown describes what the neighbors told her. “At 5:53 a.m. I went inside, at 6:00 a.m. I heard a boom. Then I got a call at 6:15 a.m. By the time I got there, it was just all to the ground,” Brown said.
Curt Monte with the Baton Rouge Fire Department said investigators do not have a cause of this fire yet but know it started around the kitchen.
“Cooking fires are still the number one cause of all structure fires,” Monte said. “Unattended cooking and those types of things.”
The Scotlandville native and cook of nearly 25 years states she has been using the building for catering services. She had plans to open a new restaurant location prior to this incident.
“That’s our thing. We want to build our community. We don’t want to go elsewhere. We need to be here first, we need to build here first,” said Brown.
Although officials say the building losses total $125,000, Brown says she’s not asking for any donations from the community. But to support “Straight Outta Scotland” at their new location.
“Just support – just continue to support us, with your prayers, if you’re a praying person. Support us with your prayers,” said Brown.
The owner expects to open the new location within the next two months or so.