Oct 7, 2013 6:41 PM by Chris Welty

Woman Credits Neighbor for Saving Her

A Lafayette family says they're lucky to be alive after a trailer fire spread to their home.

The fire started just after five o'clock Sunday night on Della Street near the Breaux Bridge Highway. One trailer was a total loss, and two others were damaged. Luckily no one was injured.

The trailer went up in flames within minutes. It's vacant and used as a shed. The fire spread to the home next door, melting the vinyl siding. The trailer on the opposite side had minor damage.

"The smoke was grey and billowing, it was horrible. The whole neighborhood was here plus some," said Donna Bruno.

Her home had smoke pouring in. Her windows busted and the siding started melting. Everything in her window is charred except her rosary.

"I thought I was going to be homeless, that's what was going through my mind. I was scared," said Bruno.

Her neighbor heard loud popping noises and rushed his family to safety. He's credited for getting Donna and her dogs out before the flames spread to her house.

The Lafayette Fire Department is still investigating. Spokesperson Alton Trahan says it could be days before they can determine the cause.

"It was an old mobile home, built in the 70's and it had some aluminum wiring. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what happened."

Bruno says she's counting her blessings, "You don't think about anything when there is a fire, just your life."

This is fire prevention week. Trahan says make sure your home is equipped with smoke detectors and check the batteries at least twice a year. Always have a game plan and know the quickest way out of your home if there is a fire. Trahan says set a meeting place and don't go back inside a burning building.

Chris Welty



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