2-year-old hospitalized, firefighter injured in Iota house fire

Published: Nov. 21, 2022 at 6:21 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2022 at 9:53 PM CST
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Iota, LA (KPLC) - An Iota family lost everything when their home went up in flames on Friday, Nov. 18.

The Evangeline, Jennings, and Iota fire departments, along with an Acadian ambulance responded to the scene.

Two people were home when the house caught on fire.

Lisa Gammons’ husband and their grandson were in the house on Riverside Road. She said her grandson was actually in the room where they believe the fire started.

The two-year-old child was airlifted to Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Lafayette with minor burns.

“He’s doing well so everyone got out alive and that’s our main concern right now. and just to pick up the pieces and try to go on,” Gammons said.

An Evangeline firefighter also suffered minor injuries.

Lisa Gammons is still processing the loss of her home that housed her family and their pets - two of their dogs died in the fire.

“We’ve lost animals. We’ve lost our possessions,” Gammons said. “We’ve lost memories. And everything which I know everybody that’s been through so far has gone through this, you know, and believe me, I sympathize with each and every one of them at this point.”

Despite the tragedy, she’s leaning now on the community for their outpouring of support.

“I don’t think anybody understands the magnitude and the, I guess the loss and the hurt that you do feel through this until you actually go through it. It’s pretty devastating when you have nothing left. Nothing at all. We had the clothes on our back and that was it,” Gammons said.

“It’s just been unreal,” she said. “How much help did people have come forward and done for us and everything, you know?”

The State Fire Marshal is handling the investigation. No word yet on the cause of the fire.

A GoFundMe campaign was created for the family. To make a donation, CLICK HERE.