Vinton firefighters called heroes after fire

By David Bray - email

VINTON, LA (KPLC) – State Fire Marshal H. "Butch Browning" said Monday that heroic efforts of Vinton firefighters saved the lives of a mother and her son.

The fire happened early Saturday morning on Simmons Street. When firefighters arrived they found smoke bellowing from the home. The son had made it outside, but neighbors told firefighters that his mother was still in the burning home.

Vinton Firefighters immediately entered the home and rescued the mother who was suffering from cardiac arrest. Emergency medical care was administered and she was transported to Cal-Cam Hospital in Sulphur, where she is listed in critical condition. The son was treated and released from Christus St. Patrick's Hospital in Lake Charles.

The State Fire Marshal's Office was called to investigate the cause of this fire and determine the reason for the injuries. The fire originated in the living room. Smoke and flames progressed very quickly to other areas of the residence. Electrical space heaters were found in the living room and preliminary findings indicate this was the possible cause of the inferno. There were no working smoke alarms in the home which contributed to the lack of early notification to alert the occupants to escape safely.

Fire Marshal Browning stated, "I commend Chief Jerry Merchant and the members of the Vinton, Sulphur and Ward 7 Fire Departments for their life saving actions. The Calcasieu Parish community is well served by these dedicated men and woman." 

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