Fire at Calcasieu Women's Shelter

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A fire at the Calcasieu Women's Shelter forced more than 20 residents to relocate to other shelters in southwest Louisiana.

According to the Lake Charles Fire Department, the residential building caught fire around 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

Fire officials said the fire happened in the upper extremities above the residential bathroom and the cause appeared to be electrical related.

While the fire caused only moderate damage in the shelter, the lack of electricity in the residential building forced 22 residents to move to other shelters located in southwest Louisiana.

"It makes me feel uprooted again," said one of the residents of the Calcasieu Women's Shelter.

This particular resident said she's thankful, however, that the shelter is providing her with another place to go.

"I feel like God's got a hand in it," said the resident. "The shelter has been very good to me in the time I've been here. I know it's going to all work out."

The shelter said it is going to take some time to open the facility back up, but they are confident it will be sooner than later.

"We're a crisis center, we deal in crisis all the time," said Jennifer Couvillion, the director of the Calcasieu Women's Shelter. "I know that between the help of the community and the insurance from the fire we'll be okay."

Couvillion said it will be at least a week before the shelter will have electricity, but they are still available to assist women and children in need.

The Calcasieu Women's shelter serves the parishes if Calcasieu, Cameron and Allen in Southwest Louisiana. Anyone who needs assistance can call 337-436-4552 or 800-223-8066.

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