Building Destroyed By Fire At Site Of Planned Marrero Movie Studio

MARRERO, LA (AP) — Authorities say a 1920s-era building on property in Marrero that was being transformed into a movie production facility has been destroyed by fire.

         NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune’s Beau Evans reports that Jefferson Parish firefighters were called to the art deco building shortly after 9:00 p.m. Saturday.

         James Bohman of the Marrero-Ragusa Volunteer Fire Department estimated that around 10 units from four local fire departments battled the enormous blaze. He said a cause hasn't been determined.

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         Tom Conrad, president of New Orleans Motion Picture Studios, said he began leasing the former industrial property in January 2016 and planned a renovation of the facility into a production studio.

         Conrad said plans for the building that burned hadn't been finalized, but he had envisioned the potential for a studio set harkening back to the 1920s.

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