Family of eight escape West Orange house fire

Published 10:21 am Monday, November 12, 2018

By Eric Williams

The Orange Leader

A family of eight was awaken early Sunday morning by a house fire, according to West Orange Fire Chief Terry Veitch.
City Of West Orange Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire, at approximately 6 a.m., in the 1500 block of Longhorn Avenue in West Orange.
Upon arrival on scene, firefighters found a single story structure fully involved with heavy smoke and flames coming from the from bedroom of the structure, according to Veitch.

Initial reports indicated there was one person still inside the structure. Firefighters meet with neighbors and discovered all occupants were accounted for and safe.
All eight occupants and their two dogs were able to escape the blaze without any injuries.

According to information from a police officer on scene, it was reported that there was a space heater plugged into a extension cord that over heated and caught fire.
Veitch also stated, “This is the time of year for space heaters so make sure they are properly plugged and free off all nearby clothing, furniture, and any items that can cause a fire.”
The home appears to be a total lost.

West Orange Fire Department were assisted by Pinehurst and Bridge City Fire Departments.
Veitch added he was very impressed by the job his department along with the close work of both fire departments.

Acadian Ambulance service responded the scene also and assessed all the occupants and firefighters on scene.
The official cause of the fire remains under investigation by the City of West Orange Fire Marshal.

No injuries were reported from the fire.

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