A five-year-old Mamou boy is being called a hero for helping save his dad from a house fire. The fire happened over the weekend on East Street. Both the boy and his father got out safely. The town’s fire and police departments are now helping the family recover.
"Everything is gone," Joyceline Hall said. "It’s a great loss. My mom just died and I had just gotten stuff from her. That burned."
Hall wasn’t home at the time of the fire. However, her son and five-year-old grandson were. Hall says her grandson first noticed the smell of smoke.
"He went and told his Daddy what was going on," Hall said. "He’s so young. He could’ve panicked and not do anything. He’s the one that was the live saver."
The fire spread to the carport and engulfed the family’s van. Despite the large fire, the two safely escaped.
"The flames were bad you could see them from far," Assistant Police Chief Phyllis Soileau said.
Now, local leaders are helping the family get through the devastating loss. The fire and police departments, along with Hall’s co-workers are collecting money and clothes for Hall’s family.
So far the drive has raised at least $300.
"The fire department is the one that came with the first donation a couple of hours after the fire," Soileau said. "We just picked it up from there. We’re a close knit community. It doesn’t matter what kind of tragedy we have in this town. Everybody stands up and pitches in."
Hall added, "I was out of words. I didn’t think that people would come together like that. People help one another like brothers and sister here."
If you’d like to make a donation to you can call Mamou Police Department at 337-468-5221.