Assistance sought for local family
By Johnathan Manning
The local chapter of the American Red Cross is providing assistance to an eight-member DeQuincy family who lost their home in a fire Wednesday afternoon, Red Cross officials said.
The house, at 222 Jefferson St., is standing, but is a “total loss,” DeQuincy Fire Chief Johnny Copeland said in a news release. “Everything they had is gone,” he said.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, Copeland said.
Ward 6 worked the fire, with the help of the Houston River and Gordon 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, board chairman. “Our hearts go out to this family.
To protect themselves from fire, families should install smoke alarms and make escape plans, Malone said.