Fire destroys mobile home in Bayou Sorrel; homeowner left with nothing

TOMMY COMEAUX tcomeaux@postsouth.com

A fire in Bayou Sorrel last Sunday morning left a mobile home in ashes and a family homeless.

Fire Chief Donald Palermo said units from the Bayou Sorrel Fire Department began arriving at the residence in the 15200 block of La. 75 within minutes of receiving the call around 10:30 a.m.

“It was fully engulfed when we got there,” he said. “Flames and smoke were already pouring out both ends of the trailer.”

Palermo said four people lived in the mobile home but no one was there when the fire started. The owner told him when she arrived on the scene she was in Plaquemine getting a birthday cake for her grandfather.

“While she was in town, her neighbor called and told her that her trailer was on fire,” he said.

“There was nothing we could do to save the building,” the fire chief continued. “When we got there it was burning from one end to the other.”

Palermo said the homeowner was distraught over the loss of “everything she had.”

“She said she didn’t know what she was going to do,” he said. “She said she didn’t have anything left and nowhere to stay.”

A few days after the fire, Palermo said neighbors and others in the community had already called the fire department to donate clothes to help out the victim’s family.

He said the cause of the fire is unknown and that the Bayou Pigeon and White Castle fire departments also responded to the incident.