UPDATE: IBERIA PARISH- State Fire Marshal (SFM) deputies continue investigating the circumstances surrounding a fire and subsequent explosion at a business office in New Iberia that injured three first responders.
Just before 10 a.m. on July 29, the New Iberia Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at a manufactured home being used as a business office located in the 800 block of Hopkins Street. While suppression efforts were underway, an explosion occurred, injuring three firefighters. All three were hospitalized and updates on the conditions of the injured firefighters are subject to the New Iberia Fire Department’s release.
Following an assessment of the scene, deputies have determined the fire originated on the back side of the manufactured home. The exact cause and source of ignition remain undetermined, however, deputies can confirm the presence of excess natural gas was a contributing factor.
Deputies continue investigating the circumstances surrounding the subsequent explosion as they work to determine an origin and cause for that incident.
The SFM would like to thank the New Iberia Fire Department for their assistance with this case especially with their members being personally affected by it.
“We are keeping these firefighters, their families, and the New Iberia Fire Department in our prayers,” said State Fire Marshal Chief H. “Butch” Browning, “Our folks are working diligently with all involved agencies to determine as much information as possible about what happened so we can try to prevent a terrible situation like this from happening again.”
The New Iberia Fire Department would like to thank everyone and all the agencies that assisted in yesterday’s incident. The coordination and support that the Families have received from around our great state was both astonishing and appreciated.
We had a total of five firefighters that received medical care yesterday, two were treated at Iberia Medical for heat exhaustion, two were being treated at Baton Rouge General burn unit for burns to their hands and arms and one is being treated at Our Lady of Lourdes in Lafayette.
As of this morning, the two being treated at Iberia Medical have been released, one has been released from Baton Rouge General while the other had surgery yesterday and remains in their care. The firefighter being treated at Our Lady of Lourdes has undergone surgery this morning and we are awaiting updates on his condition.
(KADN) - The New Iberia Fire Department is still on scene of a gas line explosion at a business near the intersection of Hopkins and W Dale St.
According to Sheila Landry, secretary to the fire chief, three firefighters were injured in connection with this incident and have been transported to local hospitals.
We have a reporter on scene and will continue to bring you details as they become available.