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State Fire Marshal says fire at Kenner float den is suspicious

State Fire Marshal and ATF investigating suspicious fire at Kenner float den. (FOX 8 Photo) State Fire Marshal and ATF investigating suspicious fire at Kenner float den. (FOX 8 Photo)
KENNER, LA (WVUE) -

The State Fire Marshal's Office and the ATF are investigating a suspicious fire that happened at a float den Tuesday morning at the corner of Toledano and Oxley Street in Kenner. 

The Chief of the Kenner Fire Department said it started on a float parked outside, then spread to the float den.

"I don't think the float caught on fire by itself. It doesn't have any utilities connected to it, so, no, it looks like it's a suspicious fire," Chief John Hellmers said. 

McKinley Cantrell owns the den and said it could have been much worse.

"The only float that was damaged was the one that someone at 5 a.m. this morning set a fire, and that float came back from the Irish-Italian parade over the weekend," Cantrell said. "Two or three floats have some minor exterior damage from the heat, no structural damage, and we house plus 70 floats. And for two or three of them to get a little damage in this fire, considered very lucky, all of our good tractors are in another warehouse."

FOX 8 Carnival historian Arthur Hardy said there was a concern Tuesday morning for the Krewe of Iris.

"One of the concerns was if the Iris floats were in that den and did they get burned, because they have their big 100 anniversary coming up, but thankfully those floats were not affected and the fire wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been, I think mostly some props and damage to the building, but thankfully the floats are okay and the parades will go on," Hardy said.

The Krewe of Iris said it plans to move forward with repairs to four of its rented floats that were in the den.  

No one was hurt. The State Fire Marshal estimates the fire caused about $700,000 in damage. If you have any information that can help investigators, or you were in the area at the time of the fire, you can call a tip line with the State Fire Marshal's Office at 1-866-946-1097. You don't have to leave your name.

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