Owner of Lafitte St. house says fire may have been started by run over mattress

Updated: Jan. 26, 2019 at 3:18 PM CST
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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A family is having to rebuild after a fire destroyed their home late Friday night.

David Guillory and his fiancé were headed to drop off their friends at a casino when they accidentally ran over a mattress on the I-210 Bridge.

They dragged the mattress unknowingly for about two miles. Upon realizing, they put the mattress in the truck to dispose of it properly.

“Unhooked it and there was no fire, no smoke, no smoldering; didn’t look anything too serious,” Guillory said.

After getting home, it wasn’t long before he had to call 911.

“We went inside the home and 15 minutes later, my garage was on fire,” Guillory said.

Guillory says fire officials believe they know the cause.

“The investigator was here and he seems to think that it came from the mattress on my truck but he also seems to believe that there was something stuck underneath my truck where the engine is,” Guillory said.

The family made it out safely, but were left to watch their home burn. Despite the fire, David says he is grateful for the firefighters.

“It’s really hard to sit there and watch your house burn and you can’t do anything about it,” Guillory said. “But again, I commend all those firemen guys. They worked hard.”

He hopes people will start securing their loads on vehicles.

“I’m not blaming anybody. Probably wasn’t his fault, but just a freaky, freaky accident,” Guillory said.

While neighbors helped console them Friday night, the next morning, they are lending a helping hand.

“I’m very thankful for the support the community has shown," Guillory said.

When asked about his house, Guillory explains what the family plans to do next.

“We are just in the recovery mode now. We will make plans to rebuild,” Guillory said. “This is our home—this is our dream home; absolutely beautiful right here on contraband bayou. And so, we will get it rebuilt.”

Lake Charles Fire Department is still investigating the cause as the mattress and engine are just preliminary findings.

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