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Donation drive set up to help man who lost mother, home in fire

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Posted at 4:42 PM, May 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-12 17:42:23-04

LAFAYETTE, La. - A donation drive has been set up to help out a man who lost his mother and home to a fire last week.

Firefighters responded to the 1100 block of 11th Street shortly before 6 p.m. on Thursday after a fire was reported by several neighbors.

When firefighters arrived, neighbors told them someone was inside the house. Firefighters then entered the home to search for the occupant, 69-year-old Gwendolyn Smith, who was found in the kitchen. Smith was brought outside where first responders performed CPR until Acadian Ambulance arrived on the scene.

Smith was transported to a local hospital, but she did not survive her injuries.

The interior of the home sustained heavy fire damage, a spokesperson for the Lafayette Fire Dept. said. Smith resided at the home with her son, who was not home at the time of the fire.

Investigators determined the fire originated on a sofa in the living room and was caused by a cigarette left unattended.

A donation drive has been set up at a family member's home for items like clothes (men's size 38/32 in pants) and furniture for Smith's son. If you would like to donate, items can be dropped off at 108 Bickerton Drive, Lafayette, 70508. For questions call 337-326-7759.

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