Lafayette, LA – At 9:17 p.m. last night, Lafayette firefighters responded to a residential fire in the 200 block of Gerald Drive. Multiple calls were received by fire dispatch reporting the house fire. As firefighters arrived, the husband informed emergency crews that his wife, their two dogs, and a cat were in the house. The flames were venting through the roof of the carport. The vehicle under the carport and a boat were on fire. A pickup truck parked on the side of the home was also burning.
While firefighters were engaged in firefighting and rescue operations, the wife called 911 from inside the dwelling to alert fire officials of her location. Within minutes, she was found in a smoke-filled rear bedroom and rescued from the burning home. Acadian Ambulance examined her on scene and later transported her to a local hospital for further evaluation.
The homeowners were in their bedroom when they heard a loud noise. Upon inspection, they discovered the fire was under the carport. They both exited through the front door. However, the wife went back inside to get the pets. She could not make it out the door due to the intense smoke. She went into the bedroom, closed the door, and called 911.
Firefighters were able to get the fire under control within ten minutes. The home, two vehicles, and a boat sustained heavy fire damage. The three pets did not survive the fire.
Fire officials determined the fire originated under the carport. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
- Once you exit a burning building, Never go back inside.
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