LFD UPDATE: Overloaded electrical device caused Lincoln Street house fire

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)- Lafayette Fire Department investigators believe an overloaded receptacle ignited a blaze that destroyed a Lafayette home Thursday morning.

Shortly after 8 a.m., Lafayette firefighters responded to the 200 block of Lincoln Street.

Lafayette Fire Department spokesman Alton Trahan said a neighbor called informing emergency dispatchers the house was on fire.

(Lafayette Fire Department)

The neighbor said the occupant outside the hope was able to escape unharmed. When firefighters arrived on scene, the front of the house was engulfed in flames, Trahan said.

The fire was brought under control within 15 minutes.

“The elderly homeowner, Gabrella Bienvenu, was inside her bedroom when she began to smell smoke,” Trahan said in a statement. “She got up to check where the burnt smell was coming from. She noticed the bedroom of her disabled adult nephew, who left earlier, on fire.”

Unfortunately, the homeowner did not have any insurance. She lived with her nephew who has special needs. American Red Cross was contacted to provide immediate assistance to the occupants, Trahan said.

Fire investigators determined the fire originated in an electrical receptacle in the bedroom. An overloaded receptacle was the cause.

The incident was ruled an accident.

ORIGINAL: Lafayette firefighters battled a house fire on Lincoln Street.

Fire officials say the people living there were able to get out of the home in time. No one was injured.

Officials say the home was heavily damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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