Family tries to recover from house fire; bank fund set up

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – The Plain Dealing family that lost everything in a house fire, including a 2 year-old boy, now has a family fund set up at Citizens Bank & Trust.

The family's mobile home in the north Bossier Parish town of Plain Dealing caught on fire on Friday, April 16 just before 1am.

Seven people were inside the home at the time of the fire: two 2 year-olds, a four year-old, a seven year-old, an 18-year-old and two adults, who have now been identified as Edgar and Emily Richardson.

The family at one point, tried to battle the flames until fire crews arrived, but were unsuccessful. At the time, no one realized that one of the two year-olds was still inside.

Firefighters fought through overwhelming smoke and flames to try and save the 2-year-old boy still trapped inside the home, but they could not get to him in time.

The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical.

Adding to the tragedy is the fact that Emily and Edgar just returned from Hawaii on Tuesday after getting married two weeks ago. The 'Just Married' sign could still be seen on the back of their truck.

If you'd like to help, you're urged to contact Citizens Bank & Trust in Plain Dealing, or go by in person at 102 Forrest, to make a donation.

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