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A Lafayette woman was sleeping inside an Avalon Street duplex when neighbors alerted her to a fire at the residence. The woman escaped without injuries, the Lafayette Fire Department said. 

A sleeping Lafayette woman was saved from a duplex fire by neighbors who alerted her about smoke coming from the roof, the Lafayette Fire Department said.

Firefighters responded to the house fire in the 100 block of Avalon Street at 2:07 p.m. Tuesday. When crews arrived the B-side of the duplex apartment was fully involved and firefighters had to battle the blaze for about 15 minutes before it was brought under control. The duplex suffered heavy fire damage, spokesperson Alton Trahan said in a statement.

A woman was inside one of the units sleeping when the fire started. Neighbors alerted her after noticing smoke coming from the roof and seeing fire in the laundry room. The woman was able to escape without any injuries and the neighbors called 911, he said.

Investigators confirmed the fire started in the laundry room and the cause remains under investigation.

The American Red Cross responded to the scene to help the displaced resident, Trahan said.

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