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Nine people homeless after major fire in Grand Marais

Posted at 6:12 PM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 23:24:31-04

Nine people, including two children, are homeless tonight after a fire in Grand Marais.

Three structures burned. Neighbors tell us no one was living in the home where the fire started.

Danielle Allen was on her way home from work when her neighbor called.

"When I got closer and closer off the highway, I could see the smoke and it was just black. It was just something you don't want to come home to," Allen said.

Three homes are a total loss.

Allen said the fire started in the middle home which was abandoned and spread to the others. She said her neighbor went door-to-door to make sure everyone made it to safety, but her two dogs did not survive.

"32 years of my life all gone," Allen said. "We'll have to start over some kind of way."

Iberia Parish District One Fire Chief Guy Bonin said on this mission, his crew faced dangerous power lines.

"It fell off one of the structures and was still hot," Bonin said. "It just so happened to be sitting in the middle of our access to all three houses. So we had to do some maneuvering around to get our equipment around and safe until Cleco got here to shut everything off."

The Chief said though the road they were on does not have fire hydrants, that was not an issue.

"We had seven tankers out here. We had water staked since the beginning of our operation and we train with tankers and know how to use them. If we have a hydrant, it's a bit of a luxury," Allen said.

So far, investigators have not determined a cause of the fire.

Two GoFundMe accounts are setup: Allen Family and Boutte Family