Did you see the huge plume of black smoke lingering over Coushatta most of the morning on Monday? Something was surely on fire.
It was a controlled burn. A house near the Junior High School was being burned and the Fire Department was standing by, spraying water on the inferno to make sure the fire did not get away.
That house and the one in front of it had been vacant for some time. The property was recently acquired by the Red River Parish School Board. The house nearest the street had been demolished and was just a pile of rubble. The house in the rear was taken out by the controlled blaze.
It is part of the school building project. The property was acquired by the board and the houses were removed to make way for a street. This will improve access to parking areas and the new sports complex now under construction.