Some elementary students help to rebuild the Children's Museum

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The fire at the Children's Museum, believed to be started by a heat lamp in the iguana cage, is responsible for destroying more than just the exhibits on the first floor. Most of the animals did not make it out alive. But, one lucky iguana, named Iggy was rescued from the flames. Firefighters were able to pull him out of the burning building. He was taken to the pet E.R. and is now recovering at the university pet clinic.

"Yesterday he was pretty much sedate. He was not very active. But, he is starting to come out of that today. We were afraid that we would have to get some I.V. fluids in him but, at this stage he seems like he will be okay; if everything stays like this," said Doctor Michael Woodard.

Despite Iggy's progress, Executive Director for the Children's Museum, Dan Ellender says, there is a lot to be done before they are up and running again.

"We are going to need a lot of help. We are going to need volunteer help,  we are going to need monetary help, and we are going to need patience as we rebuild," said Executive Director Dan Ellender.

And, who better to help out with the rebuilding of the Children's Museum than the children. Students at Nelson Elementary say, they want to do everything they can to make sure they get their museum back.

"I wanted to do a bake sale and send the money to the Children's Museum," said first grader Griffin Morein.

"We are going to make cookies, brownies, and all kinds of stuff,"said first grader Juiliana Broussard.

Hope Lumpkin is a first grade teacher at Nelson Elementary. She says, she is very proud of her students for wanting to get involved.

"We are very excited. We love the Children's Museum and we cannot wait to get involved and get it back up and running."

And, with their help, once again, children from around the community will have a place to let their imaginations run wild.