Lafayette family of 12 loses home to fire - KLFY News 10

Lafayette family of 12 loses home to fire

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A Lafayette family of 12, nine of them children, is struggling to pick up the pieces after a house fire ripped through their home. Lafayette firefighters responded around 1:00 yesterday afternoon and were able to extinguish the blaze. No one was hurt, but all of the belongings inside are a total loss, which means the family is at a loss.

Not even a month after Katherine Bob and her family moved into the house at 124 Monroe Street, it went up in flames. Bob was home with her three kids cooking around lunchtime when she heard a loud pop, which led her to follow the noise.

"I heard another pop sound and when I looked, the whole wall was on fire," said Bob.  "So, I grabbed my girls and we got out."

The fire quickly spread throughout the home, burning nearly everything in its path. Luckily, the four made it out safely, even the family puppy. But between she, her aunt and uncle, and the six other kids who called this place home, there's not much left to salvage.

"Not a piece of clothing, everything is gone," said Bob. "Everything is burned. Nothing was saved."

The back bedroom is where it all started. Authorities believe faulty wiring is to blame, but say ultimately, it was an accident. Bob says she saw the bedroom's air-conditioning unit in flames and even contemplated putting it out herself, but with no extinguisher around, she had to act fast.

"At first, I was just going to kick it, (thinking) it was going to fall out. But then, it blew up, so I closed the door and ran out as fast as I could, "said Bob.

Thankful their lives are intact, it's losing those irreplaceable items that are hardest to grasp.

"(We lost) pictures of my grandmother and stuff," said Bob. "All we have is memories now."

If you'd like to help this family, you can call Nakeitha Francis (Katherine Bob's Aunt, who was also living in the residence) at (337) 780-7806. The family says their children are in need of school clothes.

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