On a day that is supposed to be filled with joy and love, a Lafayette family is left picking up the pieaes in the wake of a heart-wrenching Christmas Day tragedy. The family of five, including a 15-year-old, an 11-year-old, an 8-year-old, and a 5-year-old, suffered a devastating loss as a fire ravaged their home in the 400 block of Bellot Street. The blaze, which broke out in the late afternoon, claimed not only their residence but also their beloved pet dog.

At approximately 4:46 p.m., the Lafayette Fire Department received urgent calls from concerned neighbors who noticed smoke billowing from the single-family home. Firefighters rushed to the scene, confronting flames erupting from the front windows of the house. There were initial fears that children might have been trapped inside. Fortunately, a thorough search by the firefighters confirmed that the home was empty at the time of the incident.

The family, consisting of the mother and her four children, were away visiting relatives when the blaze ignited, unknowingly leaving their pet dog behind. This visit, meant to be a time of holiday cheer and family bonding, turned into a nightmare as they returned to find their home engulfed in flames and their possessions, including most of their Christmas gifts, reduced to ashes.

Lafayette Fire Department
Lafayette Fire Department

The fire inflicted heavy damage on the property, rendering it uninhabitable. Fire officials, after conducting a preliminary investigation, have identified the living room as the origin of the fire. However, the exact cause remains undetermined.

The Lafayette Fire Department continues to investigate the incident and will provide updates as more information becomes available.

We will also keep our ear to the ground for any community efforts to replace the lost Christmas presents or any assistance the family may need.

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