Pam Atchison, director of the Shreveport Regional Arts Council, told the Times that she was called to the Snow St headquarters of SRAC about 4:15 am by an alarm. She thought it was a burglar alarm. There she witnessed flames emanating from the SRAC office and auditorium. The building was entirely destroyed by the fire.
The SRAC fire was one of several reported about 4 am in downtown Shreveport. It appears that an arsonist was at work. Reports have pointed out that downtown fires have been prevalent prior to this one.
SRAC's Julia Foley has called artists and friends of the council to join hands at 5 pm today at Artspace.
The city has offered the SRAC team a space for interim administration at Expo Hall, said Megan Clark.