LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — A pet was rescued by neighbors as a fire raged in its family’s home Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
Lafayette firefighters responded to a house fire in the 800 block of South Michot Road at 4:47 p.m. Thursday. Neighbors called 911 to report smoke coming from the garage of the home, which was soon engulfed in flames.
Knowing the owners had a dog inside, two neighbors entered the home and rescued the dog, officials said. The owners were not home at the time of the fire.
“One neighbor saved the dog,” Veronica, one of the neighbors, said. “It’s a lab. A white lab, and they rescued the dog, their pet, because it would have not survived.”
Multiple fire trucks responded to the scene, where first responders found the roof of the dwelling in flames. Firefighters battled the approximately 3,000 sq. ft. home for almost an hour before getting the fire under control, authorities said.
“This is this is totally a shocker,” Veronica said. “It was just smoke, just it was unbelievable. And the flames were huge.”
There were no injuries.
“I’m so glad our neighbors weren’t hurt,” Veronica said. “You know, it’s going to be a hard turn around for them, but we’re all here for them also.”
Fire officials said the fire originated inside the garage. The cause of the fire is under investigation, officials said.