A Duson homeowner lost her house and two dogs after flames engulfed the residence yesterday evening.
At 7:47 p.m., the Duson Fire Department was dispatched to a residential fire in the 400 block of Cactus Road.
Upon arrival, firefighters observed heavy fire and smoke emitting from the residence.
Firefighters made entry into the home in an attempt to extinguish the fire; however, the extreme heat and smoke conditions quickly deteriorated the house, hindering firefighting efforts.
Chief Chad Sonnier says the investigation revealed the cause of the fire to be accidental in nature.
The homeowner was using an electric smoker on the back porch earlier in the evening when a small fire ignited. She believed the fire was extinguished and resumed her normal activities for the night, fire investigators say.
Later that night, while inside the residence, the homeowner began to smell something burning, so she went to the back of the house where she discovered her porch and home to be on fire.
The homeowner safely exited the residence and contacted 911.Two dogs were not able to escape the burning home.
The home was deemed a total loss, according to Chief Sonnier.
Scott, Judice, Carencro, Milton and Youngsville firefighters were dispatched to assist the Duson Fire Department.
The Duson fire chief says a Carencro firefighter and a Scott firefighter were transported to the hospital for injuries they sustained at the fire. Both have been released from the hospital and are expected to make a full recovery.
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