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GoFundMe created for family who lost home, puppy in Lafayette fire

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Posted at 12:21 PM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 13:21:15-05

A GoFundMe page has been created to support a Lafayette family who lost their home and a puppy in a fire on Tuesday morning.

According to Jonathan Boudreaux, his grandmother's home on Fourteenth Street is a total loss with most of her belongings and furniture burned.

"Please give any amount to help my grandmother, Sylvia Onezime, get her a new home," Boudreaux's post on the page reads. "Anything will help."

To view the GoFundMe page, click here.

The Lafayette Fire Department responded to the house fire in the 500 block of Fourteenth Street at 8:00 am on February 23.

Firefighters say that while all of the occupants were found safely outside, one of the occupant's three puppies was found dead inside the home.

According to LFD, when first responders arrived on scene, flames had engulfed the rear of the dwelling and spread quickly.

LFD says that twenty-five firefighters responded to assist and that the fire was brought under control within ten minutes. However, the home sustained heavy fire damage.

After extinguishing the flames, firefighters were alerted by the family that three puppies were still inside. A search of the home found two of the puppies alive and one dead. The two puppies were brought out by fire crews and reunited with the owners.

The home was occupied by four adults, which includes family members and friends.

LFD say that one of the occupants was awakened by a noise. Upon entering the kitchen he noticed the flames and alerted the three other occupants. The four were able to escape without injury.

There were no smoke alarms in the home, according to LFD.

The occupants lost everything in the fire, and the American Red Cross was contacted to provide immediate assistance. A GoFundMe has also been started to help the family.

LFD says fire officials determined the fire originated within an exterior wall near a hot water heater closet. The cause is still under investigation.

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