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Fire Destroys Reception Hall on Tom Drive

Photo by:  Charles Holmes/WAFB-TV Photo by: Charles Holmes/WAFB-TV
Photo by:  Charles Holmes/WAFB-TV Photo by: Charles Holmes/WAFB-TV
Photo by:  Charles Holmes/WAFB-TV Photo by: Charles Holmes/WAFB-TV

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge family will be starting over Friday after a two-alarm fire destroyed their business. It happened Thursday night between Airline Highway and Wooddale.

It didn't take long for the word to spread. The massive smoke clouds could be seen from miles away. As fire engulfed the building, its owner, Francis Cain, stood back and watched in horror. With friends and family by her side, Cain struggled to figure out what she'll do next.

The fire burned for hours. Firefighters say the calls started pouring in around 6:45. By 7:20, the blaze was declared a two-alarm fire. More crews swamped the area, pouring water into the Cain family's reception hall.

Cain transformed the old Hancock Bank building into a reception hall back in 2000. Since then, for her, this place was her life, so even after the flames were put out and the smoke drifted away, her pain remains.

Luckily, there were no reported injuries. No one was inside of the hall during the fire. There's no word yet on what started the blaze.

Reporter:  Keitha Nelson, WAFB 9NEWS

 

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