Posted: Nov 15, 2010 6:59 PM by Russell Jones, Rachel Frost
Updated: Nov 15, 2010 6:59 PM
LUTCHER, La. – As Coach Tim Detillier surveyed the damage caused by a late-night fire at Lutcher High School’s football stadium, he was reminded of a similar scene four years ago, when the school’s locker room was also burned.
That’s the same year the Lutcher Bulldogs won the state championship for high school football.
“When we made it to the dome the biggest selling t-shirt was "From Ashes to the Dome",” Detillier told News 2. “I still have one of those, I guess I'll have to wear it tomorrow.”
Early Monday morning a Lutcher Police officer was driving by the stadium when he noticed smoke and flames coming from beneath the home-side bleachers. Firefighters put out the flames rather quickly, but not before they did more than $200,000 worth of damage to the old concession stand and other rooms where equipment was stored.
Later that morning people from all over town drove by the stadium to catch a glimpse of the damage, many reliving the same memories as Coach Detillier.
“This stadium brings back plenty of memories for everyone, so it was quite a parade this morning as people were going to work,” he said.
“I really don't understand why something like this would happen in a community like this,” said football player Trevor Englade.
The State Fire Marshal called the fire “suspicious”, and an investigation is ongoing.
Meanwhile, players and fans are hoping the fire didn’t send their chances at hosting a playoff game up in smoke. The Bulldogs are slated to be the home team if they can make it past round two, and if engineers coming to inspect the bleachers Tuesday declare them safe for football fans.
“I think it will give us a little bit more of a desire to win, maybe a little bit of an edge we need because it's playoffs,” said Englade.
Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the State Fire Marshal’s Office at (225) 925-4911.