LAFAYETTE — A fire broke out Tuesday night in the kitchen at Louisiana State Police Troop I, causing fire and smoke damage and forcing the troop to temporarily work out of a mobile command post at the location, officials said Wednesday.
The Lafayette Fire Department responded to Troop I, 121 E. Pont Des Mouton, at 9:12 p.m., according to a Fire Department news release.
The fire, which was extinguished within 10 minutes, caused heavy fire damage in the kitchen and moderate smoke and soot damage throughout the building, the release said.
Alton Trahan, spokesman for the Fire Department, said the accidental fire originated in the kitchen on top of a cabinet.
A possible electrical short within a receptacle in the kitchen is being investigated as a likely cause of the fire, Trahan said.
One of the four people in the building when the fire started later took himself to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, said Trooper Stephen Hammons, spokesman for Troop I. The four were all employees of the State Police.
“They tried to put it out, but it had already taken over the cabinets,” Hammons said.
After evacuating, they notified Troop D in Lake Charles, which immediately took over communications for the troop.
“There was not a single second where communications were down,” Hammons said.
Communication operations were transferred to Lafayette around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Hammons said.
Most of the troop’s operations were back in service by Wednesday afternoon, but the troop cannot process crash reports or conduct physical inspections, Hammons said.
A timeframe for restoring those operations will not be established until officials determine when they will be back in the building, Hammons said.
“They are not vital needs to the public. These are simply administrative duties that are being put on hold,” Hammons said.