ANGOLA, La. (BRPROUD) – This is what firefighters saw when they were driving up to the Louisiana State Penitentiary around 1 a.m. on Wednesday.
Upon arrival, firefighters found fire coming from “the workshop adjacent to the Camp D Eagle 4 dorm.”
The Louisiana State Penitentiary Volunteer Fire Department and West Feliciana Fire Department worked together to put the fire out.
It took firefighters 40 minutes to extinguish the blaze.
All of the prisoners from the Eagle 4 dorm and almost 200 inmates from dorms nearby were able to get out without injuries.
All of the displaced prisoners were moved “to the chapel at Camp D.”
“I am so thankful for our staff who live on the prison grounds at Louisiana State Penitentiary,” said Secretary Jimmy Le Blanc, Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. “These individuals train to respond 24/7 to all types of emergencies that might occur at the prison. Because the prison is so far out in the country, If it were not for them this fire could have been much worse. I’d like to also thank the inmates for participating in monthly fire drills, this proves why it is so important to be prepared.”
Investigators with the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office are still working to figure out what started the fire.
The “fire destroyed a woodshop work area and significantly damaged a trusty dorm at Louisiana State Penitentiary,” according to the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.
The investigation remains open and none of the first responders were hurt while putting the fire out.