OUACHITA PARISH (04/15/19) – Firefighters spent hours fighting the fire that consumed Boley Elementary School in West Monroe over the weekend.
Officials believe a lightening strike may have caused the huge blaze.
Superintendent Don Coker says the school is a total loss and students will be out for the rest of the week.
The city of West Monroe is asking for school supply donations to help get Boley’s students and staff back on their feet.
You can drop off school supplies and gift cards at West Monroe City Hall and United Way at 1201 Hudson Lane in Monroe.
Monetary donations are also being accepted at Origin Bank in West Monroe.
The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office has identified the 13-year-old child who drowned in a drainage ditch on Saturday, as Sebastian Martinez of West Monroe.
Sheriff’s deputies say the incident happened in the 700 block of Evergreen Street in Bawcomville.
According to an eye witness, the family gathered at the ditch, frantic after they called police.
The witness says Martinez was allegedly swimming with a friend when the current pulled them under.
That witness says the friend then tried to use sticks and tree branches to help but it was too late.