VIDEO: Fire destroys nine businesses in Lafayette, Chamber of Commerce

LAFAYETTE (KRON) — A three-alarm fire that broke out late Wednesday night has destroyed nine businesses including the Chamber of Commerce in Lafayette.

The fire was reported at 11:58 p.m. Wednesday at 100 Lafayette Circle.

The blaze was contained just before 1 a.m. Firefighters are continuing to put out hot spots Thursday morning.

The called the building a “complete loss,” according to Fire Marshal Robert Marshall. He said the building’s roof collapsed and the entire second floor was gone.

The commercial building houses at least nine businesses, including the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, a restaurant, a nail salon and an accountant’s office, Marshall said.

“The entire structure is destroyed,” said Marshall. “There is really nothing salvageable here.”

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Residents tell KRON4 that they heard an explosion, looked out the window and saw the huge fire.

According to Marshall, three neighboring apartment buildings were evacuated, but all the residents have since been allowed to return.

There were no reports of injuries, however, fire officials estimate that the fire caused about $1.1 million in damage.

Firefighters remain on the scene and the cause of the blaze is under investigation, Marshall said.

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