An early morning fire Monday destroyed the Monolyte Laboratories, Inc. facility, 3423 Meadowood Drive in Slaughter, but firefighters and emergency responders were able to keep the fire from spreading to neighboring businesses, according to Slaughter Police Chief Walter Smith.

At about 1:30 a.m. Monday, Smith said one of his officer driving on La. 19 was flagged down and told of what appeared to be fire and smoke coming from the Monolyte facility. The officer said he could see glowing metal inside the building.

Although there was nothing hazardous on site, there were propane bottles which could explode, so firefighters kept water around and on the facility to keep the fire contained, Smith said.

“It was a pretty good little blaze there for awhile,” Smith said. “It’s a complete loss.”

No one was at the facility at the time of the fire, Smith said. There is a night crew, but they don’t work on Sundays.

The cause of the fire is being investigated, he said.