St. Joseph Abbey fire badly damages dormitory

Abbey firefighters

By Ramon Antonio Vargas, The Times-Picayune
on September 26, 2012 at 7:57 AM, updated September 26, 2012 at 10:21 AM

A fire at St. Joseph Abbey Catholic Seminary near Covington early Wednesday badly damaged a dormitory building there, according to the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office. The 2:30 a.m. blaze started in a room housing computer server equipment; extended into an attic in the area; and spread to other parts of the structure, causing significant flame and smoke damage throughout, said Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning.

St. Joseph Abbey seminarians safe after early morning fire
“At this point, nothing suspicious has come to our attention, but it’s still too early to come up with a conclusion,” Browning remarked. “In this situation where no one was hurt, we can give credit to the fact that this facility had a fire detection system, and that gave the early warning. … That goes a long way in ensuring safety.”