DONALDSONVILLE — An afternoon house fire at 411 Lafourche St. in Donaldsonville displaced a family of six and sent one firefighter to the hospital with heat exhaustion Thursday.
“We had an ambulance on standby, so he will be fine,” said Donaldsonville Fire Chief Chuck Montero.
Firefighters arrived on the scene at about 4:15 p.m., Montero said, to find flames coming from the windows of the front and left side of the house.
“It will probably be a total loss,” he said, adding that the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The owner of the home, Markell Travis, was at work when she got the news. She stood in front of the charred ruins Thursday evening, tired and trying to figure out what to do next.
“The Red Cross put us up in a hotel for three days,” she said. “After that, I don’t know. I’ll take it one day at a time. At least I had insurance.”
But she has four children in school, she said. “We lost all their uniforms, all their shoes, all their school supplies,” she said with a sigh.
She was smiling, “but I’m definitely not cheerful. I’m just happy everybody’s OK.”
Shawnkhia Patterson, 9, a fourth-grader at Lowery Elementary School, got off the bus to see firetrucks and a smoking shell where her house once stood.
“It made me sad,” Patterson said.
“Are you going to miss your room?” her mother asked.
“My cellphone,” she said. “And my backpack.”