LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A day after a local daycare goes up in flames, the daycare's owner spoke to 7News about the rescue of 10 children inside the home at the time of the fire.
"I smelled a little smoke and when I smelled the smoke the neighbors knocked and told me my house was on fire," said Lovey DeJean, daycare owner.
DeJean recalled as the back bedroom went up in flames neighbors stepped into action to help evacuate all 10 children to safety.
"All I could think was to get those babies out and the neighbors were asking me if they were in any other rooms in the house. We were all in one room so that made it so much easier," said DeJean. "Once outside the neighbors helped hold the children until their parents could get here."
The Lake Charles Fire Department dispatched lots of manpower to the scene, including eight trucks. Fire officials applauded the daycare for following procedure and getting the children out quickly.
DeJean said in order to be certified they take classes on emergency situations and is glad she had a plan in place.
"You practice fire drills and you find a spot where you are going to go if something should happen and if the front it's over there and then in the back it's over there. I never thought I would have to use my plan. I'm just thankful we were able to get the children out," said DeJean.
The fire appears to be electrical. This bedroom is a total loss while the rest of the home received extensive smoke damage. DeJean was able to salvage some things but said for the most part their belongings are destroyed.
"I have a lot of pictures from my family which I was able to salvage. But I know all those other things can be replaced. I would like to say thank you to all of my neighbors that came to my rescue. I appreciate it so much and I know the parents appreciate it too," said DeJean.
The local American Red Cross helped with immediate needs. Meanwhile, they have set up an account at the Southwest Louisiana Credit Union. If anyone would like to assist just ask for the "John Guillory Daycare account."