Fire destroys Nederland home

Photos by Eleanor Skelton

A Nederland house caught fire on Thursday, Dec. 15, near the intersection of Detroit Avenue and Gage Avenue.

"We received a call at 9:12 this morning, we were here within five minutes," Nederland assistant fire chief Terry Morton said. Upon arrival, he said the crew observed "heavy fire showing out of the front side of the house, through the front window."

Once Morton's team discovered the fire had reached the attic, he said they determined the structure was "basically a total loss" and "we went into defensive mode and that's where we're at right now."

One firefighter suffered a minor injury, according to Morton. The residents and their pets were not at home at the time of the fire.

"We're just in the finish up and mop up mode right now," Morton said at 11 a.m.

The fire briefly endangered a metal structure next door, a machine shop and living quarters for a man in a wheelchair.

Nederland police officer Todd Guidry had to convince the man to evacuate his residence, "along with his dog." The firefighters were concerned that one of the walls of the house could collapse onto his residence.

Guidry and the man were soaked by the spray next door while leaving.

"They were already putting water on the building ... because it was hot," Guidry explained. "It already sucked up a lot of the heat, so we were getting all of the overspray."

Guidry loaded the man into his patrol car to wait until it was safe to return to his house.