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Family of 8 lose home in fire

Last Modified: Thursday, January 16, 2014 2:53 PM

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

The local chapter of the American Red Cross is providing assistance to an eight-person DeQuincy family who lost their home in a fire Wednesday afternoon, Red Cross officials said in a news release.

The house at 222 Jefferson St. is standing but is a “total loss,” DeQuincy Fire Chief Johnny Copeland said.

“Everything they had is gone,” he said.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, Copeland said. When firefighters arrived, flames were coming from the front of the house and smoke from the eaves. Firefighters extinguished the building, he said.

Ward 6 worked the fire, with the help of the Houston River Road and Gordon fire departments because the DeQuincy Fire Department was attending a funeral for a former firefighter, Copeland said.

In addition to clothing, shelter and food, the Red Cross is also providing emotional support to the family, said Nancy Malone, public affairs director.

“Last year the Southwest Louisiana Chapter helped 165 families including more than 580 people after home fires in our region,” said Brian Burton, chairman of the board. “Our hearts go out to this family.

There are two important steps to protect families from fire, Malone said — smoke alarms and having an escape plan.

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