Jonesville grain elevator fire contained, nearby residents return home

Jonesville grain elevator fire contained, nearby residents return home
Published: Nov. 18, 2022 at 9:33 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 19, 2022 at 11:51 PM CST
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JONESVILLE, La. (KNOE) - Catahoula Parish deputies urged residents in the Trinity area to evacuate Friday evening after a fire occurred at BUNGE Elevator around 6:30 p.m.

Catahoula Parish officials say some residents stayed at Edwards Motel until the area surrounding the grain elevator in Jonesville became clear.

State homeland security inspected the scene, and Hwy. 3264 West opened back up around 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, for residents to return to their homes.

Sheriff Toney Edwards of the Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s Department says traffic will only be allowed in the area for equipment and residents in the neighborhood.

According to the sheriff’s office, hot spots are still inside the $1.5 million bushel tank, but the fire is contained and crews are working to extinguish it.

KNOE 8 News will have an update on this story as our newsroom receives more details.

JONESVILLE, La. (KNOE) - Evacuations are underway in Catahoula due to the potential for an explosion, as of 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 18, 2022.

The sheriff’s office says a large grain elevator is on fire at Bunge Grain in Jonesville.

The sheriff’s office is going door-to-door to evacuate people due to concerns about a potential explosion from the elevator.

Pam Patten with CPSO says residents of Trinity Park are being evacuated to a nearby motel.

“They are evacuating them to Edwards Motel in Jonesville, La. Mrs. Mary Edwards owns the motel and she has agreed to put those residents up. How many nights, we don’t know. It’s just going to depend on how long it takes to get the fire contained and out,” Patten says.

Several fire departments from around the region are on the scene.