SLIDELL The Slidell Fire Department is investigating the cause of a marsh fire that shut down a lakefront roadway Saturday afternoon.

Chad Duffaut, Chief of Fire Prevention for Slidell Fire District 1, says a resident reported a marsh fire in the 100 block of Carr Drive around 12:30 p.m. The witness told firefighters she saw two male juveniles in a boat before the fire started and believed they deliberately started the fire.

When firefighters arrived on the scene they realized the dry conditions could cause the fire to spread rapidly, and called for more units. Chief Duffaut says a total of 11 fire units responded to the scene.

Duffaut says windy conditions caused the fire to jump across the roadway several times. The roadway was shut down by officials to vehicular traffic.

Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control around 2 p.m.

Duffaut says the area where the fire started does have several camps along the roadway. However, no structures were ever in danger from the fire. There were no injuries reported.

As of 3 p.m., Duffaut says one lane of traffic has been reopened to vehicular traffic.

Duffaut says investigators are looking into the report that the fire was intentionally started.

Duffaut says the investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing pending involvement with the St. Tammany Sheriff's Office.

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