BUNKIE, La. (KALB) - UPDATE: Firefighters are on scene at the Bunkie Wood Products, Inc., also known as Hoop Mill. The fire is contained and they are working to continue putting it out.
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No injuries were reported and arson is not suspected.
Bert Cochran, partner with Louisiana Hoop Company, estimates the damages to be around $600,000. No employees were in the building at the time of the fire. He believes the fire started because a branding iron was accidentally left on.
The mill has about 30 employees. It was built sometime in the 1930s. The wood storage building sustained the majority of the damage.
Firefighters are battling a massive fire that broke out at Hoop Mill in Bunkie Tuesday night.
The fire is located at The Louisiana Hoop Company, next to Helena Chemical, on Highway 71 in Bunkie. News Channel Five was told a patrol officer spotted the big flames from the road as he was on his shift Tuesday other residents in the area reported it to us through Facebook.
Several fire departments are tirelessly working this fire. So far firefighters from Hessmer, Evergreen, Mansura, Marksville, Cheneyville, Lecompte and Evangeline are assisting the Bunkie Volunteer Fire Department. Chief Keith Frank says his crew has been working the scene all night.
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