UPDATE : Lafayette, LA – Lafayette firefighters were called out to an apartment fire at 102 Vanburen Drive, Victoria Village Apartment, around 1:00 this afternoon. Fire dispatchers received multiple calls from neighbors reporting the two-story building was on fire. As firefighters approached the area, smoke was seen from Moss Street. Six fire units with twenty firefighters arrived on scene within 5 minutes. The second floor of the eight unit apartment building was fully involved. Flames were coming from two apartments and a large breezeway. Emergency crews were able to control the wind-driven fire within fifteen minutes. The fire damaged three apartments while 3 others sustained only smoke damage. In all, six tenants and their families were displaced due to the fire. American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist the victims.
The occupant of the apartment of fire origin was not home when it started. Her apartment sustained the worst fire damage. Fire officials determined the fire originated in the living room. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The occupant and her two kids of the apartment across the breezeway escaped through an upstairs window. She opened her door after smelling the smoke and was faced with intense flames and heat. She immediately ran to the bedroom to get her two kids; 5 year old and an infant. A neighbor, Quinntrell Feist, was outside and heard her screaming out the window. He advised her to drop the kids to him. He caught both kids, then their mother from the upstairs window. Mr. Feist’s heroic act is commendable. Had he not been there the outcome may have been quite different.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.
Lafayette firefighters are on the scene of an apartment fire at 102 Vanburen Drive. The fire is out and no injuries have been reported at this time.
More details will be released as it becomes available.