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Firefighters save special needs family from burning home

It took volunteer firefighters two hours to extinguish this blaze near Gonzales on Sunday. (Source: Ascension Parish Fire District No. 1) It took volunteer firefighters two hours to extinguish this blaze near Gonzales on Sunday. (Source: Ascension Parish Fire District No. 1)
This is what was left of the family's home once the fire was completely put out. This is what was left of the family's home once the fire was completely put out.

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Volunteer firefighters are being credited with saving people with disabilities after their home caught fire and exploded Sunday morning.

The Ascension Parish Fire District No. 1 said the blaze sparked at a house on O'Neal Road near Gonzales, which is in District No. 7, around 7:30 a.m.

Officials said one of the firefighters, Michael Breaux, pulled a woman in a wheelchair out of the burning building just minutes before the explosion.

"This is one of the worst scenes I've seen in my 35 years of firefighting," Breaux said.

The house was destroyed, but all 12 people inside made it out safely. Two of them were taken to the hospital, but were released later in the day.

"We don't have any place to live," said Lonnie Ashworth, the owner. "We didn't have any insurance or anything. We don't have anywhere to go."

Officials added it took about two hours to get the fire under control and over 50 firefighters turned out to put out the flames.

The Red Cross is assisting the family at the Ascension Fire House, a home funded by the parish, but there are items volunteers are asking the public's help with.

The family is in need of a walker, glucose machine and cooked meals for lunch and supper.

If you would like to help and donate, you can call the Red Cross at 225-291-4533.

Family members are expected to remain at the fire house for a couple of more days.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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