Feb 21, 2014 8:25 PM by Kari Beal

Iota family of 12 loses everything after fire

An Iota firefighter and police officer with 10 children lost his home in a weekend fire.

The blaze swept through their home Sunday, leaving only ashes and debris behind. Luckily, no one was in the house during the blaze.

Officials believe it started from an electrical appliance. Once the house was engulfed it took three to four hours for firefighters to put it out. Now this family without homeowner's insurance is left to rebuild from scratch.

Firefighter and police officer Jamie Doucet said everything was lost in this fire; including a special grill he inherited from his late father two years ago.

"Just going through this, there is nothing we can save," Doucet said.

Doucet said that both he and his fiancée lived in the house with a total of ten children, two of his own and eight from his fiancée, Karen Rosser.

"I still come here and I look; I want to wake up. I don't want him [Doucet] to have to work so hard to build up and then look at it in ashes," Rosser said.

Rosser explained that her previous husband, the legal father of her eight adopted children, passed away in a 2010 auto collision. Kept in the house, she said, were his cremated remains, which had been housed in a wooden box and also was lost in the fire.

"I wanted him cremated because I wanted him always with us,' Rosser said. "It's like losing him all over again."

People in the community have volunteered their time to clear the rubble left behind.

"Our community, anytime someone needs help, we all come together to help them out," volunteer Dillon Hebert said.

The Iota community not only has offered to assist with clean up, but another donor has offered a mobile home for the family to live in until they rebuild.

"By the grace of god, we have family, we have friends and the whole community has been wonderful," Doucet said.

There will be a fundraiser for the family on Sunday at the Iota Fire Department from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A donation account has been set up at the Bank of Commerce. Those who wish to donate may call (337) 779-2847 and apply their donations to routing number 065200528; account number 32322747.

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