Fire destroys popular Madisonville restaurant closed since Hurricane Isaac

Ctsy. St. Tammany Fire District 2
Ctsy. St. Tammany Fire District 2

Madisonville, La. - Friends Coastal Restaurant in Madisonville burned to the ground after a party held there Sunday night.  The restaurant has been closed since Hurricane Isaac and was scheduled to be demolished today, according to Louisiana Fire Marshal Butch Browning.

The fire started around 11 p.m. Firefighters from St. Tammany Fire Dist. 2 say the top floor of the building was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. They said electricity was not hooked up to the building, but a generator was used during the party.

The fire rose to two alarms and took more than an hour to get under control. It continued to smolder Monday morning.

No one was injured, according to Browning. He says it could be days before they know what sparked the fire.

Friends was a popular restaurant on the Madisonville lakefront before Hurricane Isaac's storm surge flooded the restaurant with six feet of water. The majority owner told FOX 8 in May that he planned on tearing down Friends and replacing it with a larger, elevated restaurant called The Lighthouse.