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Fire Destroys Local Landmark

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NATCHITOCHES, La. - The Natchitoches fire department spent Tuesday morning putting out a fire at the nearly 200-year-old Levy East house on Jefferson and Front Street. News Channel Five's Nolan Crane shows us the damage this devastating fire did to the community.

The people we spoke with say the Levy East building was a landmark in the community for almost two centuries and know residents are devastated because a fire engulfed all three stories of the building this morning at 5:45.

Teryn Tate is just one resident in Natchitoches that came to the scene of the fire at this building on Jefferson Street and saw the firefighters hard at work.

"They were here probably here within less than two minutes upon their arrival heavy fire coming from the rear of the structure," says Fire Chief Dennie Boyt.

This house was built in the 1830's, but Teryn has fond memories of this building because of an important event that took place back in 2004.

"We got married in this house and it was just so special and it was so beautiful because they had the original antique furniture here," says Teryn Tate.

Other residents are devastated because they know some of the original owners and the pride they took in this house.

"This home belonged to dear friends of mine, Judy and Avery East. In the early 90's they saved it, brought it back to life turned it into one of the most beautiful bed and breakfast in this town," says Lauren Kollar.

Over the past few years ownership of this building changed hands a couple of times and residents say seeing this structure with it's charred roof and broken windows makes their daily routine anything but ordinary.

"My daily stroll down Jefferson and Front Street every day has been altered, it's going to be a sorrow for me everyday when I walk by," says Lauren Kollar.

But Teryn hopes this building will some day get restored to its original state.

"I hope it gets rebuilt, looking at the damage I don't see how it can get rebuilt but you know, I guess nothing is impossible," says Teryn Tate.

The Natchitoches fire department is still investigating the cause of the fire and we will bring you the latest details when they are released.


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