St. Landry

Apr 12, 2013 7:01 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Family Escapes Lebeau Fire


All that's left are ashes, after a family's trailer is completely burned. The flames started around 3:30 Friday morning, and St. Landry Parish authorities are still investigating what caused the fire.

The family has lost everything.

"It's unbelievable, it's unbelievable looking at this," home owner Debby Chambers said.

Debby Chambers was asleep when the fire started, and was woken up by her son

"My friend and my son kept telling me to get out the house, I didn't know what was going on. When I ran out, the roof was on fire," Chambers said.

Authorities so far don't know the exact cause, but James Chatman, Jr. thinks a utility pole may have something to do with it.

"I just heard a noise but I ignored it, I didn't know what it was. And then all of the sudden I heard the same noise humming like a transformer making noise like "Hmmmm." You know stuff like that so, I got up to see what it was and I heard the same noise again," James Chatman, Jr. said.

After the family made it outside, they called 911, but it took volunteer fire-fighters almost 30 minutes to arrive.

"The next thing we, um, we stood out, my step-son stood out there with a water hose trying to cool the fire down, but he couldn't do nothing," Chatman said.

After the fire department left, the family says that their home never quite stopped smoking, and nine hours later the flames started again.

"It's hard to get to the fire because you got the two roofs and you got the fire in between the two roofs, so it's hard to get to it," Assistant Fire Chief David Edwards said.

"Everybody else is just safe in the house so I'm just glad of that. But like I say, we lost everything, and we got to do what we got to do to try to get things back together," Chatman said.

The family says they have no way of replacing their belongings because they did not have insurance. They are staying with a relative.

 

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