ST. AMANT, LA (WAFB) - Six fire departments, including those from Gonzales and Sorrento, responded to a fire at LeBlanc's Cajun Boudin shop in St. Amant.
The call of a "fully engulfed structure fire" went out just before 5 p.m. Friday evening. The store is located at 44437 Hwy. 429 in St. Amant across from Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
It took crews about two hours to completely put out the blaze. Chief James LeBlanc (no relation) with St. Amant Fire says the store is one of the most popular businesses in the area and this fire is certainly detrimental to the family that own the business and the community.
"This is like what I would call a St. Amant icon," LeBlanc said. "This business has been here a long time, and not only has this business been here a long time, the guy that owns this business Mr. Danny LeBlanc, he does a lot for this community."
While the cause has not yet been officially determined, it's suspected the fire began in the kitchen.
Chief LeBlanc says the building is about 85 to 90 percent damaged, but firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby buildings. Crews were able to arrive quickly because they were at St. Amant High School's nearby football stadium preparing for a game.
No injuries have been reported. Chief LeBlanc also says a rehab center was set up for firefighters to prevent overheating as they finished putting out hot spots.