Woman rescued from house fire

By Tiffany Blackmon - bio | email

SOUTH LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) –   Jamie Robinson received the type of phone call that no one hopes to get.

"My little brother called me and told me that my house was on fire," Robinson said.

Immediately after hearing those words, Robinson's thoughts quickly went to his wife.

"I knew my wife was home. Natalie was home resting on the couch. She wasn't feeling good this morning," he said.

Robinson was already on his way to work when a fire broke out around 8:30 a.m. this morning at his home on Bud Stell Road. Unable to make it home in time, Robinson reacted the quickest way he could, alerting his brother and a neighbor to check the house for his wife Natalie.

Robinson said, "They came in the nick of time because the downstairs was full of smoke. They didn't know where she was at. They just started beating down on the doors to wake her up."

It was their quick actions that saved Natalie's life.

Captain Jeremy LeBlanc, with the Lake Charles Fire Department stated, "This fire was very hot, it was intense, the weather was really contributing to the fire and the growth of the fire. That's just an amazing thing that this woman was able to come out of this home safely, still alive and with us today."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but officials suspect the fireplace is to blame.

"It appears that the fire or area of origin at this time occurred adjacent to the fire place. This area we understand was used earlier," said LeBlanc.

Robinson had started a fire this morning, but other than a few coals smoldering, he says the flames were gone before he left.

"Just goes to show that just because the fire is out, doesn't mean the fire is out all the way up the chimney," said Robinson.

The Robinson's have now lost two homes in a span of four years. Their first home was destroyed by Hurricane Rita.

"After something like this, it's not near as bad as what you first thought. People are a lot tougher than what we give ourselves credit for. We can take a lot more than we think we can," said Robinson.

He was relieved to know that his wife was okay, and as for their home, Robinson said, "We can take care of that later."

One Lake Charles firefighter sustained only minor burns from the fire, and was treated and released from an area hospital.

Captain LeBlanc also says that cases like this fire should encourage everyone to get their chimneys professionally cleaned.

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