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Jan 7, 2014 11:09 PM by Erin Steuber

Breaux Bridge Family of 7 Lose Everything to Fire

A Breaux Bridge family is turning to the community for help after losing everything in a house fire Sunday. The family of seven was home at the time that fire broke out and luckily everyone escaped. Now they're focusing on the future and trying to figure out where to go from here.
Piles of charred insulation and debris cover the floors and counters. Sunday's dinner remains seemingly frozen in time on the stove, covered in heavy soot. But the view out the kitchen window is what helped save Brett Melancon and his family of seven. Sunday night they were at home eating dinner when one of their five children noticed the families truck was on fire.
"I went right into my military mode. I went outside and turned the hose on and tried putting out the fire. I was there until the gas tank blew on the truck and whenever that happened it engulfed the entire carport. I knew it was too late and I couldn't do anything," said Melancon.
The fire spread to the house, but thankfully everyone got out safely.
"I mean that's really the only thing that helps me sleep at night, is knowing that my kids are safe and O.K.," said Melancon.
Investigators say the fire started in the truck, but are not sure the cause.
"We really don't know what caused this, but we're going to make it through this. We're fighters, not quitters," said Melancon.
The family is currently staying with relatives, but are in need of anything from shoes to furniture.

Boy
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Age: 5
Shirt/ Pant Size: 5/ 5-6
Shoe: Kids 9

Boy
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Age: 7
Shirt/ Pant Size: 7/ 7-8
Shoe: Kids 11 1/2

Twin Girls
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Age: 8
Shirt/ Pant Size: 8/ 8
Shoe: 2

Boy
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Age: 14
Shirt/ Pant Size: Large/ 31-32
Shoe: 11

Mom
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Shirt/ Pants: L-XL/ 16-18
Shoe: 8 1/2

Dad
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Shirt/ Pants: Large/ 31-32
Shoe: 10

The family LOVES LSU.
The boys love dragons, sharks, Skylanders anything
The oldest son loves Xbox
The girls love Barbies, dolls, hair bows.
Mom loves anything girly (purses, etc.)
Dad loves anything hunting.

The family is currently is in need of pillows, blankets, sheets, towels, etc.

Monetary donations:
https://www.crowdtilt.com/campaigns/please-help-brett-gwen-recover-from-a-home-fire

Donations can be dropped off at TWO locations:

1151 Earline Drive
Breaux Bridge
(small items ONLY)

OR

Crossroads Church (until Friday)
150 Verona Dr
Lafayette
8:30 AM - 5 PM
**If you can please call before stopping by (337) 234-4308

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