Fire at Prairieville business causes up to $80,000 in damage

A fire that broke out late Friday morning caused an estimated $70,000 to $80,000 in damage to an Ascension Parish business but no injuries after flammable, spray-on material used to line the beds of pickup trucks caught fire.

Fire Chief Mark Stewart of the Prairieville Fire Department said it took about 15 to 16 firefighters with three engines, a ladder truck and other units less than 20 minutes to get control of the fire at Ascension Liners and Accessories, 14514 Airline Highway, Prairieville.

The fire was reported 11:21 a.m. at the business on Airline between La. 621 and Germany Road in the Duplessis area. Stewart estimated firefighters arrived four to five minutes later to find the business fully involved in flames.

Sparks created as a worker used a grinder on a flatbed trailer in a work bay ignited a small fire in a collection of cardboard boxes and paint thinner, Stewart said.

That fire spread to a wall in the bay, where residue from the bed liner material had collected, Stewart said. He said the rubberized liner is sprayed on truck beds inside the bay.

Once that material caught fire, the metal building quickly became engulfed in flames.

“It’s like having gasoline on the wall,” Stewart said.

He said the worker was able to get the trailer out of the building but was not able to put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher because the wall already was aflame.