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House ripped by blaze used in Katie Holmes movie

KSLA News 12
By Sarah Nemeth

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - An Ockley Drive house that caught on fire Tuesday morning has a claim to fame greater than the blaze that showcased it to passersby.

In 2008, the sprawling South Highland mansion was used as the setting for the movie, "Mad Money," starring Katie Holmes, Diane Keaton and Queen Latifah. The plot surrounds three women who work for the Federal Reserve and plot to steal money that is about to be destroyed, according to the website IMDb.

A dozen units were battling flames at the large, two-story-home. At one point, firefighters had to pull back from the house because flames were shooting from the roof.

"Makes me sad, thank goodness they were not living in it," said Stephanie Sanders, a former owner who stopped by to see the fire for herself. She says the house was once owned by A.C. Steere.

No one was home at the time of the fire, but the house is being renovated and workers were there when it broke out. Louisiana tax rolls don't list the homeowner's name, but reflects that taxes for the property are paid by an entity in California.

Shreveport fire crews were able to bring the fire under control but it wasn't easy. Firefighters were trying to fight the fire from inside the home until the roof appeared to be in danger of collapsing. A ladder truck was situated in a nearby yard to spray water on to the flaming roof.

"Anytime you have a situation and the roof is on fire, it becomes unstable, at which time the entire structure becomes compromised. We had members on top of the house, and the rule is if it's unsafe to be in it, it's unsafe to be on it," said Louis Johnson with the Shreveport Fire Department.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it is possible that a lightning strike sparked it. People in the area saw lightning flash at the time.