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Barge carrying cars catches fire on river near Marrero

Officials say the fire is under control after burning on the barge all day.

Smoke has been in the air all day due to a barge fire on the Mississippi River near Marrero.

According to Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts, the fire was reported around 2 a.m. on a barge docked in the river near the 7000 block of River Road.

The barge is loaded with old scrap cars, parish officials say.

Smoke seemed to intensify in the afternoon as crews worked to contain the fire, and after 5 p.m. Roberts tweeted that the fire was under control. 

A fire boat is on the scene working to contain the fire. Officials say there does not appear to be any danger to the public at this time.